Pakistani Men fight over Chapati Flour

Amid a chapati flour shortage in Pakistan, several viral videos show men fighting whilst waiting in queues for bags.

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Other bystanders approach them in a bid to take the flour.

Several videos on social media show Pakistani men fighting and pushing each other as they wait for subsidised bags of chapati flour, amid a shortage in the country.

In one instance, a large queue is waiting for bags of flour near an open sewer.

One man is pushed into the open sewer.

The man, who appeared to be annoyed, eventually gets out and pushes another man into the sewage.

As he makes his way out of the crowded area, he tries to push other bystanders before pushing in another person.

Meanwhile, others are heard yelling.

In another video, three Pakistani men were seen fighting over a single bag of chapati flour.

The men are seen all holding the flour and arguing as to who should have it.

Other bystanders approach them in a bid to take the flour.

The dispute takes a bizarre turn as another man approaches them and begins tickling one of the men in an attempt to steal the bag of flour.

On January 8, 2023, it was reported that a father of six children, aged 45, died in a stampede whilst in a queue for flour in Sindh.

Pakistan is facing its worst chapati flour crisis, with parts of the country reporting a shortage of wheat.

Due to the shortages, stampedes at flour distribution sites have been reported from several areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

Prices of wheat and flour have skyrocketed as a result.

Chapati flour in Karachi has increased from Rs. 140 (50p) per kilogram to Rs. 160 (57p) per kilogram.

In Islamabad and Peshawar, a 10 kg bag of flour is being sold at Rs. 1,500 (£5.40) while a 20 kilogram bag of flour is being sold at Rs. 2,800 (£10).

Mill owners in the Punjab province have increased the price of flour to Rs. 160 per kilogram.

Similarly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been facing the worst-ever flour crisis as a 20 kg bag of flour is being sold for Rs. 3,100 (£11).

According to sources, banks in Pakistan are still unwilling to grant letters of credit (LCs) for the importation of commodities, endangering the nation’s food supply.

A threat to the supply of food exists due to banks’ failure to issue LCs, which might increase pricing pressure and result in a scarcity of medicine.

This is despite instructions from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) about import facilitation.

Due to the banks’ unwillingness to ensure foreign exchange payments, thousands of cargo containers remain stuck at the Karachi Port in Pakistan after being unloaded.

Among the cargo are groceries both perishable and non-perishable and medicinal supplies.

According to Zamarak Achakzai, the minister of food for Balochistan, Pakistan needs more than 400,000 bags of wheat to make up for its current shortage.

Additionally, he stated that the province’s supply of wheat had run out entirely.

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