Thursday, February 22, 2024

Children among 16 killed during stampedes for food in Pakistan

At least 16 people, including five women and three children, have been killed in stampedes at food distribution centres in recent days in Pakistan, Reuters reported quoting officials.

On Friday itself, at least 12 people died in a stampede during Zakat distribution among the families of employees working at a private company in Karachi’s Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) area.

South DIG Baloch said the company used to distribute Zakat and other items among the poor in Ramazan. He said that today was the third day the company was distributing alms, adding that between 400 to 500 people turned up, Dawn reported.

He said that the factory owner, identified as Zulfiqar, would be arrested soon

Consumer price inflation in Pakistan jumped to a record 35.37% in March from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Saturday.

Annual food inflation in March was at 47.1% and 50.2% for urban and rural areas respectively, the bureau said. Core inflation, which strips out food and energy, stood at 18.6% in urban areas and 23.1% in rural areas.

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