Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday approved the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s (OGRA) request for increasing gas rates by 46 per cent and ordered for necessary measures to control annual gas theft of Rs50 million.
However, Naeemul Haque, special assistant to the PM, denied the gas price hike on Twitter.
“Totally false news. Gas prices were not even discussed during the meeting.”
Totally false news. Gas prices were not even discussed during the meeting.
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) September 5, 2018
He said this in response to a news story shared by Pakistani journalist Asma Shirazi.
PM okays 46pc rise in gas tariff
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) September 5, 2018
Needless to say, people were not amused that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader was misquoting information.
TV anchor and journalist Mubashir Zaidi shared the official press release with the PM’s advisor.
“Read the official press release on the issue. Last four lines to be precise. How on earth you said prices were not discussed,” He said.
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) September 5, 2018
A Twitter user referred to the PTI leader’s pretence at obliviousness, “Naeem ul Haque was high in a high-level meeting.”
Naeem ul Haque was high in a high level meeting pic.twitter.com/UXQzUN2p4H
— Farrukh Javed (@fjapakistani) September 5, 2018
Another user referred to last year’s incident when senior leadership within the party had claimed that Naeemul Haque’s account had been hacked hours after suspicious tweets pertaining to Ayesha Gulalai were deleted: “Maybe his account has been hacked again”.
maybe his account hacked again
— salma jafar (@Chiltan) September 5, 2018
Another user said, “They still cannot believe that they are ruling the country. They think that minutes of meetings are not jotted down as it was during their hawai speeches in Jalsas.”
They are still not believing that they are ruling the country now. They think there are no minutes of meetings that were jot down like Hawai speeches in Jalsas.
— Masood Mirza (@masood_619_) September 5, 2018
A user tweeted, “Mr Naeemul Haq only speaks when he is asleep. So, never mind whatever he says.”
Mr Naeemul Haq speaks only when he is asleep. So, never mind whatever he says.
— Misfit (@Misfit25138017) September 5, 2018