Inflation rise is once again hit the country very badly. For the poor, a rise in the prices of essential items (if it exceeds income growth) can be a death knell, both literally and indirectly, due to the inability to afford needed medical and health spending. It can also force parents to choose between whether their child goes to school or works.
According to a latest survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, one in three Pakistanis (33 percent) believe inflation is the most pressing issue facing the country at the moment.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue Pakistan is facing right now?” In response, 33 percent said inflation, 19 percent said unemployment, 14 percent said corruption, 6 percent said poverty, 5 percent said energy crisis (electricity and gas), 7 percent said none, and 8 percent said others. Eight percent did not know or wish to respond.
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