ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Tuesday announced directs its lawmakers to stage protest in both upper and lower houses of parliament against ‘artificial hike’ in price of petroleum products, reported Dunya News. As per details garnered, opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah accused federal government of making joke out of laborers on ‘May-1’. PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari—in press releases—demanded to take back hike in price of petroleum products while terming government’s decision as cause of an increase in inflation. Meanwhile, in a statement, Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the perpetual increase in the petroleum prices.
In a statement Tuesday, the PPP chairman said the rise by the PML-N government is to create unbearable economic conditions for the masses through unprecedented rise in commuting costs directly hitting the lower strata of population.
He said that the PML-N increased petroleum prices continuously since several months, and its latest ‘parting petrol bomb attack’ on masses reflects its intentions to drag them into a slough of poverty and an economic disaster at ground level. “PML-N’s is the government of rich, for the rich and by the rich as it started schemes favouring the elite to whiten their black money and thrive. “The poor majority of the nation is being grinded between inflation and hopelessness,” he stated. Bilawal said that PPP wont remain silent while PML-N government policies were sky-rocketing the prices of commodities and fleecing the poor. “PPP will raise its voice against petroleum prices hike in all available forums adding that people will avenge the cruelties and ruthlessness of the Panama League in the next elections,” he added. The government on Monday had increased of petrol by Rs1.70 per litre, while the prices of diesel and kerosene oil was also increased. The rise was probably the last increase by the PML-N government which completes its tenure by end May.