Hoarding & Black Marketeering
19 February, 2020
Govt`s resolve to deal sternly with the hoarders and black marketers of sugar reminds me of the Quaid e Azamís 11 August address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan as its President, wherein he said:
Black-marketing is another curse. Well, I know that black-marketers are frequently caught and punished. Judicial sentences are passed or sometimes fines only are imposed. Now you have to tackle this monster which today is a colossal crime against society, in our distressed conditions, when we constantly face shortage of food and other essential commodities of life. A citizen who does black-marketing commits, I think, a greater crime than the biggest and most grievous of crimes. These black-marketers are really knowing, intelligent and ordinarily responsible people, and when they indulge in black-marketing, I think they ought to be very severely punished, because they undermine the entire system of control and regulation of foodstuffs and essential commodities, and cause wholesale starvation and want and even death.
These hoarders of food commodities like Atta, Sugar etc. are no ordinary people and therefore, deserve no ordinary punishment but the most severe extra ordinary of it.
Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)