Pakistanis drown under spiralling prices as inflation hits all-time high of 35.4%

The likelihood of interest rates rising is increased by a new inflation reading.
In comparison to February, the monthly inflation rate drops to 3.7% in March.
Investigators accept Pakistan is presently heading towards excessive inflation.
People are feeling more pain from some of the fastest rising consumer prices amid straining budgets as cost of living continues to outstrip average incomes, as Pakistan’s monthly inflation blew past forecasts in March and soared to a nearly all-time high level — 35.4% — from a year earlier.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS)’s latest inflation reading on Saturday has also increased the likelihood of a further increase in interest rates at the April 4 meeting of the monetary policy committee (MPC).


Consumers purchase vegetables from vendors at a Sunday Bazaar in Islamabad on March 5, 2023. — APP

The finance ministry said just a day ago that inflation was expected to stay high due to market frictions caused by the relative demand and supply gap of essential items, exchange rate depreciation, and the recent upward adjustment of administered prices for gasoline and diesel. The pace of the price rise confirmed these expectations.

The monthly rate of inflation; however, decreased from 3.7% in February to 3.7% in March.

The situation with inflation has gotten worse to its worst, driving the masses, whose purchasing power has diminished by leaps and bounds, deeper and deeper into poverty as the cost of nearly every food item has increased dramatically over the course of several months.

After excluding volatile energy and food prices, core inflation was calculated to rise to 18.6% in urban areas and 23.1 percent in rural areas in March.

Pakistan, according to analysts, is moving toward hyperinflation, or prices that are out of control and in the range of a 50% increase.

The expansion rate hit the rooftop in rustic regions where it was recorded at 38.9%, while it leaped to 33% in the urban communities, as per PBS.

The weak checks and disruptions to supply chains were primarily to blame for the significant rise in food inflation.

Food expansion rose steeply to 50.2% in provincial regions and it additionally fundamentally expanded to 47.1% in urban communities last month, the PBS information showed.

Even the federal and provincial governments are unable to guarantee consistent supplies of essential food.

At a time when poverty and unemployment are rising and the economy has significantly slowed down, prices are skyrocketing.

The majority of consumer goods’ prices remained out of reach for most people, and a significant increase was observed in rural areas with already low incomes.

When compared to the previous month, prices for the food group increased by 47.15 percent in March.

Both perishable and non-perishable food items increased at an unprecedented rate.

CPI breakdown The logjam of containers, the weaker rupee against the dollar, and the tough strategies implemented by the Ishaq Dar-led Ministry of Finance in an effort to woo the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have exacerbated the inflation rate, which has remained above 20% since June after the coalition government restricted imports.

The Discount Value Record (WPI), which screens costs in the discount market, likewise rose forcefully to 37.5% in Spring contrasted with 23.8% around the same time a year prior.

The PBS detailed that the general expansion rate kept an expansion in both the metropolitan and country regions. The expansion rate in metropolitan regions flooded 33% in Spring and rustic regions took off 38.9% over that very month of the last year. In March of last year, the rate of inflation in urban areas was 11.9%, while it was 13.9% in rural areas.

In rural areas, the rate of non-food inflation was 28.5 percent, while it was 10.4 percent and 12.5 percent in the same month last year.

Inside the nutrition class, costs of durable food things flooded 46.44% on an annualized premise; in the interim, the costs of transient merchandise flooded by 51.81% year-on-year.

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