The Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, believes that the tomatoes are being sold at Rs. 17 per kilogram in Karachi.
He made this ‘revelation’ while responding to a media reporter’s question about uncontrollable prices of tomatoes which are being sold for as much as Rs. 300 per kg.
Finance Adviser Hafeez Shaikh claims tomatoes are being sold at Rs17/kg in Karachi's Sabzi Mandi. This is the guy running the country's economic affairs.. Rates in Karachi and Isb:
Tomato: Khi Rs240/kg Isb Rs300/kg
Potato: Khi Rs80/kg Isb Rs100/kg
Onion: Khi Rs100/kg Isb Rs150/kg pic.twitter.com/k8lZC4eNeH
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) November 12, 2019
Apparently, the elite class of the country is so unaware of a common man’s problems that they don’t even know about the price of essentials. This is probably why the inflation in the county has not been effectively curbed.
After such comments on inflation, it attracted widespread criticism and trolls on social media.
Jiss jiss ko tomatoes 17 rupees per KG chaahiye woh hamaray finance minister @a_hafeezshaikh ki mandi say rujoo karen
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) November 11, 2019
A Twitter user was so furious that he suggested replacing Dr. Hafeez in ‘haandi’ with tomatoes.
Petition to replace tomatoes with @a_hafeezshaikh in our haandi
— Dead Riasat, who dis? (@mahobili) November 11, 2019
Many people were surprised and asked him which vegetable market does he go for shopping?
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) November 11, 2019
#GeoNews quotes @a_hafeezshaikh as saying that tomatoes were available @ Rs17 a kg in Karachi and anyone claiming otherwise was lying. Does he mind telling us which shop in #Karachi does he buy tomatoes from???
— Ismail Khan (@IKPeshawar) November 11, 2019
Some even thought that he meant 17 dollars instead.
It was a slip of tongue. Minister wanted to say 17 dollars per kg
— Muneer Ahmed (@Sh_Muneer_ahmed) November 11, 2019
A Twitter user inquired when was the last time he went out to buy tomatoes?
Somebody asks him the year when he went to buy tomatoes and they were Rs17 /kg?
— Sofia Faisal (@SofiaFaisal2) November 11, 2019
The opposition found it just the right time to score a boundary. And so did Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.
Really just a mirror of the entire cabinet – completely ignorant (criminally since it is what job mandates!!) of reality and the economic burden THEY have placed on citizens. https://t.co/5vhtXaR4lM
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) November 12, 2019
Some believed tomatoes were somehow linked with the economic conditions of the country.
جو کہتے ہیں کراچی میں ٹماٹر سترہ روپے کلو ہیں وہی کہتے ہیں ملکی معیشت بہتر ہو رہی ہے۔۔ کیا لوگ مان جائیں گے؟؟ pic.twitter.com/t0KFkGLDrh
— Waseem Abbasi (@Wabbasi007) November 11, 2019