Pakistan’s economic crisis: Videos of Pakistanis fighting over food go viral

A man who recorded one of the numerous films that have gone viral in Pakistan after an unprecedented food crisis broke out accused the ruling party of being opaque and claimed the present situation was “state-manufactured.” The video purportedly showed stacks of wheat bags. He charged complete incompetence on the part of all Pakistani politicians, believing that the current catastrophe could have been avoided with prompt action. 

In the midst of a political environment that is already precarious, a severe food crisis has gripped the nation. According to the man in the video, the government had enough grains on hand, but the leadership fell short of foreseeing the issue, and before they came to their senses, everything in storage was rotten.

Videos depicting Pakistani civilians either blaming the government or squabbling over food, including essentials, are widely available on the country’s social media platforms. One of these, which has gone viral worldwide, depicts how residents of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa division of the country were battling for flour while armed men handed out wheat packets from small vehicles. 

Other regions of the nation also reported experiencing pandemonium and stampedes. In recent days, the price of wheat has risen, with 1 kilogramme of grain now reaching 160 PKR. Pakistan has been requesting international aid to rebuild the nation, which is still reeling from the devastation left behind by the devastating floods that hit the nation last year.

Nearly 40 nations and a few private parties recently contributed over USD 9 billion at a donor conference in Geneva that Pakistan and the UN jointly hosted. Prior to this, Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, had requested 16 billion USD in aid to help reconstruct Pakistan, which is still suffering from the devastation caused by historic floods last year. 

Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, is travelling to various nations to solicit further funding.

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