JI announces protests against IMF agreements and electricity price hike
By News Desk
September 3, 2023 05:42 PM
The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Siraj-ul-Haq announced filing a petition in the Supreme Court under the Right to Information Act to seek the details of the agreements with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) of IMF, which he alleged have benefited the corrupt elite at the expense of the people.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, he held a press conference at the party's headquarters Mansoora in Lahore on Sunday, where he thanked the business community, transporters and people for participating in a peaceful strike against the government's economic policies.
He also announced that Jamaat-e-Islami will hold sit-ins at the four governor houses in the country and launch a campaign against the electricity bills from today. He warned that if the government does not withdraw the increase in petrol, diesel and electricity prices, then the business community and transporters may resort to a wheel jam strike.
He said that the strike was a clear message to the government that the people of Pakistan do not accept the agreements that the previous government signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which have caused inflation and hardship for the masses.
He criticized the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) for issuing an order to cut off the meters of defaulters and said that JI will not allow any company to remove people's meters.
He said that electricity is cheaper in Bangladesh, India and Afghanistan than in Pakistan, and accused the caretaker Prime Minister of being a spokesperson of IMF.
He said that the government has lost control over the country as mafias are setting prices at their will. He said that Pakistan needs a long-term plan to solve its problems, not an ad hoc approach. He also urged the government to take measures to curb electricity theft in the country.
He said this company will not run as the child of the poor is forced to commit suicide while India has stepped on the moon and the government has stepped on our skulls. He said the people are crying because of the electricity contracts made by PDM and PTI.
He said the caretaker government should hold elections and hand over the government to the elected people.
To a query about holding talks with other political parties over the issue of joint protest against electricity price hikes, he said political parties are equal participants in crimes, so why talk to them about electricity?
Later, the JI chief addressed a rally in Kot Radha Kishan and thanked participants for their successful strike against the electricity price hike.