Unbridled inflation: Imran gives call for countrywide protest on Sunday
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In a video message, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman called on the people of Pakistan to join the protest on Sunday at 9pm against the rising inflation and the government's failure to provide people with relief.
عمران خان صاحب نے #امپورٹڈ_حکومت_نامنظور کی جانب سے عوام پر پٹرول ڈیزل بم مہنگائی، لوڈ شیڈنگ کیخلاف ملک گیر احتجاج کی کال دے دی ہے۔ بروز اتوار رات 9 بجے آپکے شہروں میں مخصوص مقامات پر سکرینیں لگائی جائے گی جس سے عمران خان خود خطاب فرمائیں گے۔ #سازش_ہی_تھی pic.twitter.com/I9tQxaCXt2— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 16, 2022
The government yesternight raised the price of petrol by Rs24.3 to Rs233.89 per litre third time in the last 18 days.
People in different cities protested the Rs84 hike in petrol prices by the government for 18 days. In Lahore, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) organised a protest rally. During the protest, a symbolic demonstration was staged in which people with their hands and feet tied were thrown before the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The protesters also chanted slogans against the increase in petrol prices. They also flayed the federal ministers for advising people to take less tea and use less petrol.
“This is not respect to vote; this is respect to petrol,” said JI leader Ahmed Salman Baloch, criticising PML-N’s famous respect to vote slogan.
“When the petrol prices go high, people hurriedly stand in long queues to get tanks of their vehicles filled with fuel instead of raising voices against the hike,” he added.
“I want to tell the people that life will not go on like this now, for this is not a solution to the problem. The solution to all the problems is Jamaat-e-Islami,” he claimed.
“Whether it is New Pakistan or Old Pakistan, every government has thrown the people with their hands and feet tied before the IMF,” he flayed.
Meanwhile, in Multan, people flayed the hike in petrol prices, stating that the hike would bring a tsunami of inflation in its consequences.