Watch: As economic crisis grips Pakistan, many are filling cooking gas in plastic balloons
The ongoing economic crisis in Pakistan has made the availability of food, gas and oil at reasonable rates next to impossible.
Although the energy problems in the country reached its peak after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, resulting in a political stand-off between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his predecessor Imran Khan.
But how do things stand now after almost a year? Not good.
The nation is still reeling under an economic crisis and high employment.
A recent clip circulated online shows thousands of people gathered at a stadium.
But they weren't there to watch a sporting or music event. The 30,000-strong gathering was for Islamabad Police's written test, highlighting the magnitude of the unemployment crisis in the country.
As for the energy crisis, the government has found it difficult over the year to provide its people with cooking gas.
Reports and clips circulated online now indicate that people are taking desperate measures to acquire LPG.
Recently in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, many were seen using plastic bags to store LPG.
The desperate move comes after a huge shortfall in stock of LPG cylinders forced vendors to cut short their supply.
Locals in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have not been provided with gas connections since 2007, some reports have claimed.
The trend for storing LPG in plastic bags began with the use of compressors.
It is reported that vendors fill the plastic bags with LPG before sealing them tight with a nozzle and valve. It approximately takes an hour to fill three to four kg of gas in plastic bags.
It is highly dangerous to transport or use LPG stored in plastic bags because the slightest error can result in a leak and blast.