The rise in fuel prices for August, as decreed by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, contained within it an indication of how the governments hunger for revenue, imposed on it by the International Monetary Fund, ensured that the stipulations agreed to, were so interpreted as to work against the interests of ordinary Pakistanis. This was why the price of HSD (high-speed diesel) was not raised, with the entire increase in the international price being borne by the government, through a reduction in the petroleum development levy. Though the increases have been, in rupee terms, lower than previous ones, and thus lower in percentage terms than previously experienced, even these prices are not just inflationary but also likely to set off an inflationary spiral that will prove harmful for the economy as a whole, as well as for all efforts to make the economy yield the citizens more opportunities to improve their situation. Indeed, it is proving hard enough for them to stay on the spot they have attained. The main inflationary effect is to be seen in rising transport costs, both for people and goods. These costs are both inter-city and intracity, with fares likely to go up for both people and goods. Increased cost of transport will lead to higher prices for goods automatically, while increased costs of intracity movement will create demands for higher salaries, and higher costs of inter-city movement will mean that people will have to move around less. As these increases will more likely than not remain in force till Eidul Fitr, the costs of traveling home for the holidays will be included in this. Apart from the problem of movement for the Eid holidays, there is the question of the raises applying to the whole of Ramazan, because the increases have come on the eve of the Holy Month. Higher transport costs is particularly dangerous now, because profiteering at the time of Ramazan is common enough, and shopkeepers are merely searching for an excuse to raise prices. Just at the time Ramazan is due to start, the government itself, instead of taking steps to prevent a price hike, is facilitating the profiteers to claim a reason for the increases they will oversee. The government must not assume that the citizenry has become inured to the price hike. It should not be so obedient to the IMF, at whose behest it is pushing through these increases, but take more care of the citizens whose mandate it will seek at the next election, which is not as far off as it seems the government would like to think.