Islamabad: The administration of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) closed 119 stores and filed 13 first information reports (FIRs) against retailers for overcharging and inflating prices artificially.

According to Additional Deputy Commissioner Rana Waqas, the civil administration is working hard to keep inflation under control while also ensuring that necessary kitchen supplies are available at government-approved prices.

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He claimed at least 21 magistrates in their jurisdictions were investigating shops and general stores for the display of price lists and adherence to notifIed rates for necessary commodities.

He stated that since September, 5291 inspections have been conducted by the civil administration against price hikes, with a punishment of Rs774,300 levied on shopkeepers. Similarly, he claimed that 3,246 consumers were penalised for failing to show daily rate lists supplied by the deputy commissioner’s office.

In response to a question, he said 35 fair pricing stalls had been set up across the city, where a 20kg sack of wheat flour could be purchased for Rs1,100, and sugar prices were kept stable by inspecting and punishing offenders.

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Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat, he claimed, was making surprise visits to markets and Sunday bazaars to check on the sale of edibles at government-approved pricing. He insisted that the civil administration was doing all possible to close the demand and supply imbalance and provide maximum relief to the people.

The district administration has dispatched 14 assistant commissioners and magistrates to examine pricing of various items in various locations.

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