ISLAMABAD: Strongly condemning the latest price “bomb” dropped on the people of the country by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the second largest party in the country led by Imran Khan, has announced to protest against it in the assemblies as well as across the country.
“The electricity price hike is an unprecedented increase in price never before seen in Pakistan with the middle class consumer has been hit the hardest,” said PTI Chairman Imran Khan in statement released on Tuesday. “In some cases, the bills of middle class consumers will more than double as a result of this brutal price hike.”
The PTI chairman said the increase in prices that is continuing is criminal because it is not just making the citizens pay for the cost of electricity but also the cost of corruption and incompetence. “Therefore, the latest increase in electricity and fuel prices is yet another step in the anti-poor and anti-middle class policies of the PML-N government,” he said.
Khan pointed out that the first such discriminatory step was taken in the budget in which the general sales tax (GST) and other indirect taxes were increased along with the previous round of oil and electricity price increases, the forced devaluation of the rupee and the unprecedented note printing in the first three months of this government.
The PTI chairman asserted that instead of cracking down on power theft, recovering the bills from defaulters, expanding the tax net by recovering dues from tax evaders and taking measures to make use of the changed international laws to recover the illegitimate wealth stashed abroad by Pakistanis, the government just keeps on taking one anti-people measure after another to make the lives of the people miserable.
“PTI demands that this criminal and unjustifiable increase in electricity prices is reversed with immediate effect. We also demand the government to explain to the nation why fuel prices have been increased when the international prices of oil declined during the month of September, which has led neighboring India to reduce petrol prices?” Khan said.
Khan also asked why the government is not prepared to cut the lavish lifestyle, huge mansions and frivolous expenditures. He declared that PTI rejects the price hikes and will protest in the assemblies and across the country. “The government has become anti-people and has betrayed the mandate given to it by the nation.”