Govt under fire for hiking oil prices 

By: News Desk      Published: 03:49 AM, 17 Sep, 2021
Govt under fire for hiking oil prices 

The government has come under fire for increasing the prices of petroleum products. 

The government has been rubbing salt into people's wounds by such acts, senior journalists and analysts remarked during the 24NewsHD programme, DNA.

Salim Bokhari, PJ Mir, Iftikhar Ahmed and Javed Iqbal observed that the government has no knowledge of the people's plight 

Salim Bokhari, raising grave concerns at people's problems, said the common persons are being imposed extra electricity bills, petrol price hike and inflated rates of essential items.

Javes Iqbal said the common persons are finding it difficult to make both ends meet. He raised a question as to how a person with a salary of Rs20,000 meets financial needs.

He said "When they (govt reps) say that car sales are increasing in the country when they say that imports and exports have increased, why don't they say that the middle class can no longer dream of a home or an education for their children? 

PJ Mir said we should not be disappointed. In fact, the problem is with the regulatory authority which has failed to control the prices. Iftikhar Ahmed said that the regulatory authority PM raises petrol price by Rs5 per litre.

PM Imran Khan interview with American media was also taken up. Salim Bokhari heaped praise on PM Imran Khan for presenting Pakistan stance and criticise the US policy

There will be no ruler in Pakistan who criticises US policies in such a domineering manner on the American channel and says that if I were the Prime Minister I would not have joined the US war, Salim Bokhari said 

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the world that if attention was not paid to Afghanistan, the world would have to endure many 9/11 attacks.

Iftikhar Ahmed said that the Prime Minister had sent a strong message to the US administration that Pakistan wants relations with the US as it has with India. 

If the world ignores Afghanistan, a human tragedy could ensue. PJ Mir said that the Prime Minister answered the question regarding the phone call of US President Biden very sensibly and prudently. 

Expressed strong reservations on the issue, Iftikhar Ahmed said the banned TTP terrorised three generations.  "Our army and police officers and soldiers gave testimonies. Can they be forgiven? Can the blood of martyrs be forgiven if they are forgiven? "PJ Mir said that if such a step was taken under US pressure or at the behest of the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani public would not accept it. 

Iftikhar Ahmed said that there are still cross-border attacks on my troops which is a matter of concern. The panel also discussed China's concerns