Imran Khan, others criticise petrol price increase


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said that the burden of masses is being increased, referring to the latest price increase in petroleum products.

In a tweet, the PTI chairman said, “Again government chooses to target the masses by adding to their burden of taxes with the latest petroleum products price hike.”

He went on to say, “Shameful how govt refuses to collect taxes from the powerful and allows Sharifs and others of their ilk to continue draining national resources thru money laundering.”

The price hike was severely criticised by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as well. He said that the recent increase in petrol prices will unleash inflation upon the poor people of Pakistan. He demanded that the government revoke the order immediately. PPP Senator Saleem Mandviwala announced protest in and outside the parliament against the skyrocketing petrol prices.

Awami National Party leader Shahi Syed also joined the rhetoric against the price-hike, terming it an injustice.

On Wednesday, the prices of petroleum products were increased by as much as Rs6 per litre, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The price of petrol was increased by Rs3.56, after which it would be available at Rs88.07 per litre. The price of diesel was hiked by Rs2.62 taking it to Rs98.45 per litre.