KARACHI - Authorities are seemed reluctant to stop proportional price-hike before the holy month of Ramazan on all basic commodities.According to details, the holy month will start in a day or two, the vendors in different parts of the city increased the prices of fruits and vegetables and other commodities.In a survey conducted by TheNation, authorities and mechanism ahead of the price control across the City seems to have failed while district municipal commissioners appeared to have failed in controlling the prices even before Ramazan. The price lists issued by the local administration seems a showpiece in the shops.As the holy month of Ramazan comes nearer, the prices of daily use items have been soared as profiteers have become active to gain maximum profits during the month. The prices of essential commodities have already gone up. Besides vegetables and fruits, all the basic commodities have witnessed a sharp increase in their prices, burdening more the already troubled common man.Seasonal fruits available in the local market are on sale on whopping rates including Mango (Chonsa) Rs60/kg, Grapes (Sundar Khani) 240/kg, Plum (Aloobukhara) 250/kg, Apricot 140/kg, and Peach 120/kg and Banana 80/kg. Despite knowing the sacredness of this holy month, the retailers continue to exploit the needs of public in Ramazan. Even the prices are out of reach from the lower middle class. From now on, it seems that people have to get ready to bear the huge storm of inflation this Ramazan like past.Even in the Sunday bazaars, the prices of vegetables and fruits continued going upward before Ramazan. A similar increase is witnessed in the prices of kitchen items which are increasing for the last week.On the other side Pakistan National Consumer Movement hold a roundtable conference at Karachi Press Club and move a motion against price hike and hoarding. It demanded the government to appoint honest people in the KMC Market Committee to maintain prices of daily use items in the city.In order to prevent hoarding and price-hike, the administration is prepared to launch a market operation where it will impose sanctions on profiteers and hoarders.JI lambastes govt’s apathy ON TARGET KILLINGS: Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi chief Hussain Mahenti has expressed concern over unchecked killings of the citizens in the City especially the murder of JI workers. He said the target killers had been murdering dozens of innocent citizens every day but still the law enforcement agencies had failed to protect lives of the citizens despite the fact that they are being paid from the taxes of the citizens. The law enforcement agencies had failed to arrest the target killers despite their deployment at every nook and cranny of the city.He said this while speaking on the occasion of funeral prayer of slain JI worker Abdul Rasheed Farooqui, who was gunned down on Tuesday in New Karachi. JI leaders including Hafiz Ur Rehman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zahid Askari and other were present on the occasion.Mahenti said that it was the sole responsibility of the government to ensure security to the life and property of the citizens failing which it had to quit but the government had neither protected citizens nor had resigned so far.He further said that the spree of target killing was started in 1986 and was in full swing even today while the government was helpless to apprehend the target killers and their patrons. The JI would never draw back from its stance of bringing Islamic revolution in the country no matter how many more are martyred.