PTI protest over oil price hike
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The supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are on a countrywide protest against the government for its failure to control inflation, 24NewsHD TV Channel reported Sunday.
Former premier Imran Khan gave the nationwide protest call a couple of days ago when the finance minister announced an extraordinary increase in the price of petroleum products.
The PTI workers, supporters, and leaders staged protests in the provincial capitals of Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Lahore. The government raised the price of petrol by Rs24.3 to Rs233.89 per litre third time in the last 18 days.
Addressing his supporters via video link, ex-PM Imran Khan said the ‘imported rulers’ have been adding to public woes.
Imran Khan said the rulers have nothing to do with public service delivery. He questioned why they are not buying low price oil from Russia.
He added that democracy gives citizens the right to raise their voices against injustice.
The PTI chief said inflation won’t be controlled if the people don’t take to the street. He said they have risen today and will not stop here.
“The lower class, salaried class, and especially the farmers are at the receiving end," he said
He continued: “Today every Pakistani wants to ask what has happened in the country after the no-confidence motion,” said Imran Khan.
He added that the coalition government claims that he had left behind “landmines”.
The former prime minister said that the incumbent government says that as the PTI had made agreements with IMF they had no option but to raise prices. He reminded the people that during the PTI’s tenure the ruling parties had launched marches when they had increased prices by Rs12.
“Since they have come they have increased petrol prices by Rs84 and diesel by Rs110. And diesel prices will affect farmers most and our food security in return. This will impact every class and there will be more,” said Imran Khan. He added that people will know about the “inflationary bomb” when they see June’s electricity bills.
"They are in IMF Programme for two months and we were in it for 2.5 months. Did we not have pressure to raise prices? Did we not negotiate with IMF constantly?” asked the PTI chairman.
The PTI chairman said that when the IMF asked his government to raise prices they decreased it as they knew the impact it would have on the people. “We did it by taking money from here and there. We were in IMF programs as well but cared about our people,” said Imran.