Hike in petroleum price hike rejected

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KARACHI: Different political parties, traders and transporters have condemned the petroleum price hike and demanded immediate withdrawal of decision describing it a ‘cruel step’ of the government against poor masses of country.


The Central Coordination Committee of MQM expressed its grave concern over increase in the petroleum prices. It said that people are being compelled to bear sharp surge in prices of other essential items after the raise in tariff of CNG, LPG and petroleum products.


The MQM called upon President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to withdraw the price to lessen peoples’ sufferings.


Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, Sindh and former MNA Maulana Asadullah Bhutto condemning the hike in petroleum prices, termed it a drone attack on the masses. He said the rulers are bent on snatching the right to live from the poor, and added that the new petroleum prices would result in sharp increase in prices of essential commodities besides transport fares making it unbearable for the poor.


Bhutto said the policies of rulers have caused mental problems for the poor who feel it very difficult to live. He urged immediate withdrawal of increase in petroleum price.


Traders of Karachi have rejected the massive hike in the prices of petroleum products and have threatened severe protest if the petrol price hike is not withdrawn within three days.


According to the Karachi All Traders’ Ittehad, the first phase of the movement will be civil disobedience.


Karachi Transport Action Committee has also strongly condemned latest increase in prices of Petroleum products and CNG and demanded of the government to withdraw it forthwith and not compel transporters community for strong protest.


They said that government was increasing the prices to make money for its own expenses which further increases the burden of inflation on public while the swelling inflation had badly affected economic activities in the country.


They called upon political parties to join hands against increase in fuel prices and said that if the political parties had a will they could force the government to withdraw the decision. (PPI)


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