After the government’s recent fuel price hike rendered him unable to use personal transportation, a Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) employee addressed a letter to the agency’s head on Friday, requesting permission to drive a donkey cart to work.
Raja Asif Iqbal, who claims to have been in service for 25 years and is now working at the Islamabad International Airport, wrote to the CAA Director-General, claiming that inflation had “broken the backs of the poor, as well as the middle class.”
He requested permission to park his donkey cart in the CAA lot. “Due to inflation, the organization has halted the transportation facility,” he explained.
“Gas prices have risen to the point where personal transportation is no longer viable.” The man pleaded, “Please allow me to carry my donkey cart to the airport.”
Every member of the CAA crew receives a gasoline allowance, according to spokeswoman Saifullah Khan. He also contradicted the pick-and-drop service staff. According to him, “A pick-up and drop-off service is provided for them. Employees have access to a metro bus service at the airport.”
Khan continued, calling the application “nothing more than a publicity stunt.” Just a week after the previous jump, petrol prices have risen to Rs209.86 per litre and diesel prices have risen to Rs204.15 per litre. The government has raised the price of petroleum products by Rs30 per litre, which goes into effect today.