ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced a countrywide protest on Sunday against rising inflation and hike in prices of petroleum products.
The government raised the prices of petrol by Rs24.03 per litre to all-time high of Rs233.89, while the price of diesel has been hiked by Rs56.16 to Rs263.31 per litre.
In a video message, Imran Khan called on the people to hold a peaceful protest on Sunday at 9 PM against the rising inflation and petrol price hike to give a message to the incumbent government. He said that he will address the protestors at 10 PM and announce future course of action.
“We have to give a message to the government. If they cannot control the situation, then what was the need for a conspiracy,” he said. “They are claimed that we left landmines. What was the need to derail the system just to protect your theft?”
Imran Khan said everyone has to come out against this “imported government” otherwise inflation will further increase. “As a nation, we have to raise our voice against the rising inflation and this imported government, he added.
“They are now claiming the fuel hike was due to international prices. Did they not know we were handling the situation? What was the need to come to power just to protect your interests?”
“I am inviting all of you, political parties, and women facing the brunt of rising prices, to come out and protest peacefully for their rights,” he added.
The PTI chairman pointed out that every other political party staged protests during his tenure against inflation. “These people were used to criticised us for rising inflation and incompetence,” he noted.
“During our three-and-a-half-year tenure, the petrol price increased by Rs50 only and was being sold at Rs150 per litre. We had given a subsidy of Rs200 billion on oil prices”, he added,
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Imran Khan said they were also asked by International Monetary Fund (IMF) to end subsidies but they resisted to provide relief to people from rising inflation. He mentioned the incumbent government has so far increased the price of petrol by Rs 85 in just two months.
He added that diesel prices were lowered in their tenure being sold at Rs145 per litre as it affects transport prices and even farmers face more probe.
Imran alleged that Shehbaz Sharif had taken over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to drop corruption cases against him.
He added that the money laundering case against Shehbaz was an open and shut case]which should have been decided a year ago.
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