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Imran Khan orders roll back of roti naan prices across Pakistan

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Published on August 05, 2019 with No Comments

The cash-strapped government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to roll back the prices of naan and roti across Pakistan,  amid the public discontent against rising prices of essential commodities.

The cash-strapped government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to roll back the prices of naan and roti  (part of basic staple diet) across Pakistan, media reports said, amid the public discontent against rising prices of essential commodities.

Pakistan is facing a serious economic crisis with short supplies of foreign currency reserves and stagnating growth. The International Monetary Fund this month approved a USD 6 billion loan over a period of three years for Pakistan to allow the country to return to sustainable growth and improve the living standards of the people.

As Pakistan has initiated steps to implement tough economic reforms, the prices of petrol, gas and other essential food items have increased, hitting the common man.

Currently, naan is selling at Rs 12 to Rs 15 in different cities of Pakistan. However, before an increase in the gas tariff and rates of wheat flour, naan price ranged between Rs 8 and Rs 10. Similarly, roti is available at Rs 10 to Rs 12, while its previous rate was Rs 7 to Rs 8, a media report aid.

Taking note of the public discontent, the federal Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Khan decided to bring down prices of naan and roti to their previous rates throughout the country, the reports said.

Khan, taking stock of the increasing prices of naan and roti, decided to take immediate steps to revert them to their original rates, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.

 

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