The fruit chat is one of the hottest Iftar items in our part of the world. A blend of delicious fruits and all the right amounts of salts and sweets reinvigorates the body, providing it with all the necessary dosage of glucose that it so desperately requires in the prevailing weather. Every year, the prices of fruits are increased without bounds, not only violating ethically, but also legally, since the prices do not conform with the rate lists issued by the government. This year though, one group has had enough.
A social media campaign kicked off in Karachi in the last forty eight hours, urging consumers not to buy fruits this weekend, commencing from Friday (today) up to Sunday. The boycott is aimed at forcing the various stakeholders involved in the fruit business to lower their prices, making them more accessible to the general public.
Despite setting up various Sasta Bazaars across both Punjab and Sindh, the government has failed to control vendors, who do not sell at the prices prescribed by controlling authorities. According to the consumer rights group that launched the campaign, the boycott will reduce the demand for the products, reducing their price in the process. Throughout the world, the holiday season or auspicious months see the prices of commodities reduced, but in Pakistan, it has always been the other way round.
Ever since the picture above went viral on social media, Pakistanis have been voicing their opinions. Here is what they have to say.
Pakistanis who are against the boycott..
— Sharmeen Obaid (@sharmeenochinoy) June 1, 2017
What is this fruit boycott? It penalises the poor vendor, not the middle man who’s hoarding and profiteering. Pl correct me if I’m wrong https://t.co/xkgteGv6Bu
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) June 2, 2017
Let’s launch a campaign and all friends of poor should join
— Musadaq Zulqarnain (@MusadaqZ) June 2, 2017
Hamesha ghareebo ko he tang Karna . Same case with this fruit ban #FruitBoycott
— ارتضیٰ (@Itaza) June 2, 2017
— Zeeshan Khattak (@khattak) June 2, 2017
Junaid Akram is somewhere in the middle..
People who are boycotting buying fruits should also boycott tomatoes coz that nigga is a fruit too. Screw your saalans .
— Junaid Akram (@junaidakram83) June 1, 2017
These Pakistanis are all for it..
— Zubair Khan Niazi (@zubairniazi) June 1, 2017
i told my fruit-seller about the boycott! he wants the warriors to begin with him at fruit mandi at 0300 and work until 1900 through a day!
— EH (@ejazhaider) June 2, 2017
But no, fruit vendors ko boycott karo bhai. Raise your voice. Ban them. INQUILAAB ZINDABAD. https://t.co/nQGXdb3i3Z
— Emad Zafar (@EmadZafar) June 2, 2017
— Muhammad Latif (@latifkehar) June 2, 2017
What is your take on the fruit boycott? Are you against it or for it? Let us know by commenting below..