Opposition slams govt for dropping ‘petrol bomb’ on masses
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The opposition on Saturday termed the fresh petrol price hike a failure of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s immediate resignation from office to provide relief to people.
The govt came under heavy criticism after the petroleum prices went up by Rs 9 to 12 on Saturday.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a statement, said that the PTI had brought a tsunami of inflation in the country by raising prices of petroleum products to a record new high.
“By increasing the price of petrol by more than Rs 10 per litre, the government is actually charging the people for its own incompetence,” said Bilawal.
“We never imposed such a burden on the people when the prices of petroleum products in the world market skyrocketed during the PPP era,” he recalled.
“Only a people-friendly government of the PPP could save the country from the current tsunami of inflation.”
“By making petrol and diesel expensive, [Prime Minister] Imran Khan has proved he is a people-enemy prime minister,” maintained Bilawal.
He also sought the nation’s support to get rid of the “oppressive government which has pushed Pakistan into the quagmire of inflation.”
POL price hike a continuation of mini-budget: Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif termed the increase in POL products’ prices as a “mini-budget.”
“Imran Niazi should resign instead of taking people’s lives with such killing inflation,” said Shehbaz while criticising the PTI government.
Referring to Imran Khan’s own statement that “if inflation rises in a country, it means the prime minister is corrupt,” the PML-N leader demanded PM’s immediate resignation.
“Practice what you preach. Such a person has no right to cling to the Prime Minister’s Office,” said Sharif.
Sharif wondered how a poor Pakistani man would run his house and feed his children.
“A surge in petrol price makes everything expensive, and Imran Niazi says people cannot understand the reason behind inflation. Imran Niazi is the fundamental reason behind the destruction of the economy and rising inflation, and this is what people have understood clearly now,” he claimed.
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz said that the government was focused on saving itself and added, that it was not concerned about the issues people were facing. Speaking to the media in Lahore, she said, “The poor are paying the price of their [PTI’s] incompetence.”
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