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High inflation forces a family in karachi to attempt collective suicide, an infant dies

High inflation forces a family in Karachi to attempt collective suicide, an infant dies

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The record high inflation, unemployment, and lack of availability of social security for distressed people in Pakistan caused a horrible tragedy in Karachi.

A family of four in Surjani town in Karachi, upset by rising cost of food items, utilities, with no financial income, attempted to commit suicide by drinking poisonous liquid.

An infant, a two-year baby, died when her father gave her poisonous liquid.

According to District West SSP Faisal Bashir Memon, a 40-year-old resident of Surjani Town gave a poisonous substance to his wife and two infant daughters. He also consumed the same poisonous liquid.

Resultantly, a two-year baby girl died while others are being treated at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi.

The senior police official said that inflation and extreme frustration led to this horrific tragedy.

Had the Karachi administration established a system/mechanism to rescue such kinds of frustrated families, this tragedy could have been avoided?

Unfortunately, the federal and provincial governments are spending billions of rupees on social welfare.

However, none of the government has put in place a system save people from taking extreme risk of killing them because of poverty and hunger.

The annual inflation in Pakistan has surged to around 42%. There are reports that inflation will increase further in coming weeks and months after the upfront implementation of harsh IMF conditions.

Some analysts believe that in 2023, the general inflation could cross 60 per cent.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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