Published 3 August 2012
During the long days of Ramadan without food or drink, many Pakistanis look forward to breaking their fasts with cold drinks at sundown. But with power shortages in some parts of the country for up to 18 hours a day, ice producers are unable to keep up with the demand. People in Bannu told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that the price of ice has skyrocketed, and it sometimes can’t be had at any price. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs in the Swat region have been carving ice off of glaciers to sell at the markets.