Eid shopping gets momentum in Landi Kotal

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KHYBER AGENCY: With the end of second part of Ramadan, the tribesmen have started finalizing their shopping to celebrate the Eid with religious zeal and fervor and crowed can be seen in the main bazaar from dawn to dust.
Large numbers of tribal flanked by their children can be witnessed in the shops of ready made clothes sellers,hosiery, shoes and cosmetics etc. while the shopkeepers have decorated their stalls to attract costumers.
Although weather is hot but buyers prefer to visit shops on day time as the bazaar remains close at evening time due to security reasons.
Kashef Khan ,a local shopkeeper deals in children ready-made clothes, hosiery and in traditional caps in Landi Kotal bazaar said, in the current season prices of ready made suit has been raised by the whole sale dealers in Peshawar and other parts of the country while 2%-5% price hiking has been noticed in hosiery and other related products.
Hassan Ali,resident of Shiekh Khel tribal,while buying shoes for his two kids at one of shoes store said, slightly price hike has been made in the commodity although,he added comparatively,prices of shoes in the local market are much more less than Peshawar.
Fatihullah Shinwari, a shoe seller in the bazaar said, as compare to last years,the locals are least interested in Eid shopping.Unemployment in Fata has reduced buying power of the local consumer that has effected over all situation of the bazaar, he opined. Regarding prices of foot wears Shinwari said,approximately Rs.100-150 per pair price has increased in children and adult shoes although quality of the commodity has improved.
President Anjuman-e-Tajeran,Landi kotal bazaar,Lal Rahim Shinwari said, local traders and shopkeepers have been directed to strictly follow the price list, has been issued by the administration and the violator will be dealt accordingly. However he regretted unstable economic situation of the country and day by day change in prices of routine use commodities from the whole sale dealers in Peshawar and other parts of the country compel them to raise prices.
It is important to state that this year, the local political administration with support of the shopkeepers union have initiated effective checking mechanism during the month of Ramadan and have curtained unfair activities of hoarders and price hikers to fleece the faithful in the holy month.

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