Chitral bazars drowned in fake, counterfeit commodities

Published on: 24/09/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: The bazars and markets of both the districts of Chitral are literally drowned in fake, counterfeit, adulterated and substandard commodities. Whether it be food stuff, medicines, cosmetics, items of household use, rather anything and everything that can be made fake or counterfeited can be found in the bazars. As a matter of fact one has be lucky to find a genuine stuff anywhere in the markets of Chitral.

This is not a new phenomenon and has continued since the time the concept of faking and counterfeiting started, but now it is reaching alarming proportions. A contractor who had to stay in Brep village of upper Chitral for few days, talking to CN said he could neither find a genuine soap nor a shampoo in any of the shops there. The soaps were carrying labels of popular brand names like? Lux, dove, lifebuoy etc, Head and shoulders, Sunsilk etc but all were Batkhela garage made counterfeit items of the worst kind. Even third class plastic chairs made of cheap scrap had names of famous brands like Toyo, Boss and Citizen engraved on them.

Unfortunately, there is no moral guidance by the clergy nor administrative control by the government to check the menace which is playing with the lives of Chitralis, who are degenerating physiologically with passage of time due to being subjected to everything fake and counterfeit. .. CN report, 24 Sep 2019

Chitral bazaars become dumping ground for fake merchandise

Published on: 27/09/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

Chitral: The bazaars and markets all over Chitral district have become favourite dumping grounds for fake, substandard, adulterated and expired merchandise. Due to poor economic conditions, the local traders buy substandard merchandise whether they be food items, medicines, cosmetics or other items of daily use from the wholesale markets in Peshawar Rawalpindi, Lahore etc on credit and at cheap rates and then sell these items to innocent people at the rate of genuine items.

Because of fake medicines, food items and cosmetics, the health of the general population is very poor despite the pure air, water and conducive natural environment here. Natural pretty face skin and hair of Chitrali females are seen tarnished by fake soaps and shampoos. The poor standard of foodstuff bought from the markets is also visible from the health of the population.

People who have experienced buying genuine shopping items in the big cities are scared of shopping in Chitral bazaars lest they end up buying some fake product. Many who can afford bring along their grocery items from down country. Even try buying a genuine toothpaste is a big risk up here.

Of late, the local administration has launched a spirited crackdown on fake and expired merchandise, but such crack downs have in the past fizzled out sooner than later. The effort to scare the shopkeepers will bear no fruit unless the shopkeepers have fear of God instilled in them. Clerics giving sermons in mosques can play a vital role in apprising the shopkeepers of the gravity of sin of selling fake medicine, foodstuff, cosmetics and other items of daily use.??.. CN report, 27 Sep 2018