Watch: More videos of Pakistanis attacking each other over food emerge

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Pakistan is battling a severe food crisis. With the country stuck in an economic vortex for the last couple of years, its dire situation is further affecting the citizens.

The country is facing its worst ever flour crisis with parts of the country reporting shortage of wheat and stampedes reported from several areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

Tens of thousands spend hours daily to get the subsidized bags of flour that are already short in supply in the market, according to a report in the The Express Tribune.

The unprecedented flour shortage in the country has triggered clashes among people on the streets. Chaotic scenes are often witnessed as people gather around vehicles pushing each other as the mini-trucks and vans escorted by armed guards go about distributing the flour. A number of clashes have been reported at flour dealers.

People gathered around the vehicles were pushing each other to take the bag as the mini-trucks were selling flour bags of 10 kg each at the rate of Rs 65 per kg, as per a Pakistani news report and videos shared by activist Jyot Jeet.

The insurgency-affected provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are the worst affected along with Sindh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)
The government supply of subsidized wheat has nearly stopped altogether. As a result, the prices of other essentials have skyrocketed. Stores and grocery shops are running out of kitchen staples. The shortage of wheat flour has led to an increase in the prices of bread and bakery items too.
In Islamabad, the price of onion recorded an increase of 501 percent on a year-on-year basis. From Rs 36.7 per kg on January 5, 2022, the onion prices skyrocketed to Rs 220.4 per kg on January 5, 2023. As per reports, the food inflation rate nearly tripled in Pakistan in 2022 when compared to 2021.

The absolute disarray in the sale of the Pakistan Sindh government’s subsidized flour to the people resulted in the death of a man, a father of seven, in Mirpurkhas district during a stampede.

The desperate situation has people holding Islamabad and the PoK government squarely responsible for the acute food shortages. Viral videos show people venting out their desperation on streets and against the government.
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