‘Go home’: Govt allies,
Opposition parties
slam petrol price hike

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties Friday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan, blaming his government for the rise in prices of petroleum products while the PTI’s coalition partners warned of rising inflation.

The government announced a hike in the price of petrol by Rs8.03 per litre today, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the nation that fuel prices would have to undergo an increase.

Reacting to the price hike, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said that since the incumbent government came to power, it had brought the entire nation to “the ration card”.

PML-N Leader Shahbaz Sharif

“Imran Khan lets the axe of inflation fall on the public and then wonders why inflation is surging in the country,” he tweeted. “Over the past three years, the price of edible oil has increased by over 130%,” he added.

The PML-N president said that the price of edible oil going up from Rs160 to Rs369 is unjustified, he said, adding that a “storm of inflation” had followed the prime minister’s announcement of a relief package for the masses.

“The hike in prices of petroleum products is proof that the government does not care about the poor,” he wrote. 

He said that while the price of petrol had not surged past the Rs145 per litre mark, the government had exceeded the limits of ineptitude, corruption and incompetence.

The MQM’s Rabta Committee also condemned the hike in prices of petroleum products, stressing that it will have a direct effect on the prices of essential items.

A file picture shows the demonstration by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders and workers demonstrating on Sunday, September 2, 2013 against the then government’s decision to increase oil prices.

“The public have already been crushed under the weight of inflation,” stated the party’s Rabta Committee. “Shifting the entire burden of globally increasing prices of food items on the public is not a wise decision.”

The party advised the government to do away with “unnecessary expenditures” instead of shifting the burden of inflation on the masses. “The prime minister should have some mercy on the people and take back his decision to hike prices of petroleum products,” it added.

Opposition party PPP also reacted to the hike in petroleum prices, demanding the government to slash prices immediately or else be prepared for “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar.”

“The masses should be ready. The PPP will soon announce its anti-government protest programme,” said Shazia Marri.

 She said the prime minister had harmed the public instead of providing them relief. “Imran Khan has taken anti-public measures in his bid to fulfil the IMF’s agenda,” she said.

Imran gave NRO to his govt

through NAB amendment: Shahbaz

President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that Imran Khan has given NRO to himself and his government through third amendment in NAB ordinance.

Opposition Leader of National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, in a tweet said that if anyone had a doubt about how NAB-Niazi nexus worked to target opposition, this amendment in NAB laws shows their devilish mentality. He added that this is clearly political victimization in the guise of accountability.

A day earlier, the federal government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on took back the authority of removing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman from Supreme Judicial Council and gave it to president in new amendment ordinance.

In the new draft, the cases pertaining to cheating and fraud have been again handed over to the anti-graft watchdog. There will be no relief for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The ordinance mentioned that till the installation of electronic devices, the manner of recording of evidence already in place shall be continued by using old system.

Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday has termed the relief package of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan as bundle of lies.

In a statement, the PML-N leader rejected the relief package announced by the premier and asked how can we control the inflation with increasing prices of petrol, gas and electricity.

He said that the conditions imposed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) have badly affected the people of Pakistan.

The reaction came after PM Imran Khan said that the price of petrol in Pakistan is low, the prices of petrol will have to be increased further otherwise the deficit will increase.