People scuffling for a flour bag in Karimabad, Hunza
Hunza, May 20: Like other parts of the country, flour crisis has intensified in Hunza as people are facing difficulties in getting a bag of flour from market even on the increased prices. According to market sources, the price of flour has hiked by 50 rupees per bag within a week. Wheat flour is available only at few shops and being sold as black at very high price. Bread is also sold at Rs. 10 in local Hotels.
Due to worse situation in other parts of the country, people have also started storing flour in large number. This has further aggravated the bleak situation. Many people return empty handed as the stores fail to meet the demand. Long queues of the people can be seen outside the shops in Hunza for flour.
I saw a tractor with flour in Karimabad, where people started scuffling with each other to get a flour bag out of their turn. People from Center Hunza and Nagar are smuggling wheat and flour from Gojal. (Zulfiqar)