Anti-Indian sentiments being blamed now for soaring tomato prices in Pak
Now anti-India sentiments are being blamed for soaring tomato prices in neighboring Pakistan. According to an article published in a Pakistani daily, the politicians are whipping up anti-India sentiments which has led to tomato touching Rs 300 per kg in Pakistan.
Slamming a Pakistan minister’s justification that “Why pass on the advantage to foreign farmers instead of our own?”, it said the lawmaker needs be taught a lesson by throwing a whole load of rotten tomatoes on his head.
The article also criticised the minister for suggesting that “an influential mafia” has been trying to resume Indian imports which “would not be allowed”.
The policy of favouring homemade products and ignoring the welfare of the consumers, who vastly outnumber the former is simply unacceptable, it said, adding the government is elected to enhance the welfare of the majority.
“The fact of the matter is that a blind nationalism is at the bottom of this ridiculous anti-trade stance that is hurting the budget of the vast majority of citizens,” the author said in the opinion piece.
“At the time when tomatoes were selling for Rs300 a kilo in Lahore they were available at Indian Rs40 a kilo in Amritsar a mere 30 miles away.
“But a visceral Indo-phobia, shared by many of our influentials, stood in the way of consumers benefiting from the lower priced supply,” he wrote.