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Pakistan: 11 individuals killed whereas struggling to gather free atta in Punjab province

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Pakistan: 11 people killed while struggling to collect free atta in Punjab province

Amidst extreme meals scarcity, protests and clashes over the distribution of free wheat flour, it has been reported that at the very least 11 individuals have been killed within the Punjab province of Pakistan as they have been attempting to gather the free flour distributed by the government-run outlet. 

According to studies, a number of individuals went to authorities distribution centres after Pakistan’s cash-strapped authorities launched a free flour programme for the poor, notably in Punjab province, to fight the nation’s surging inflation.

Tuesday’s stampedes at free flour distribution websites in Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, and Okara districts resulted within the deaths of two aged girls and a person whereas 60 others suffered accidents. Stampede-related fatalities have been additionally recorded from Fasailabad, Jehanian, and Multan.

Police have been accused of spreading mayhem on the centres by manhandling and baton-charging individuals who have been ready in lengthy queues, in response to studies in Pakistani media.

To fight crowding and inconvenience for residents, Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi declared on Wednesday that free flour centres would open at 6:00 am throughout the province.

More Attanomics. A Rs 20 bln tragedy within the making. Rs 75 bln together with Punjab. Never has a lot been spent in so callous a means in so brief a time.

— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) March 27, 2023

Imran Khan, a former prime minister who has criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz administration, has additionally slammed this mishandling. Khan blamed the killings of harmless individuals on each Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister, and Naqvi, the interim chief minister of Punjab.

It is notable that Pakistan is witnessing violent protests which regularly result in fatalities because of its persistent financial turmoil and inflation reaching a virtually 50-year excessive. Political instability has additional added to the festering woes of our hostile neighbour.