ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday called the reduction in petroleum prices by the federal government as a cruel joke with the nation.
In a press statement on Tuesday, Khan asserted that it is all too clear that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, in order to borrow more money from International Monetary Fund (IMF) is inflicting hardships on the poor masses as well as local industry by pushing through IMF-dictated policies.
“It is also a well-established fact that such IMF-dictated policies are a major source of social instability and unrest in developing countries,” Imran noted.
Khan asked how can a 45% GST on diesel be justified by a government which had promised to reduce the 16 % GST it inherited from the previous Zardari government?
Khan reminded that diesel is the primary fuel that is being consumed by transporters in their buses, farmers in their harvesting machinery and merchants in their generators and hence fluctuations in the price of diesel affects them directly.
This is the second consecutive month that the PMLN government has ignored the proposals submitted by OGRA to curtail petroleum prices. Instead, it has applied its own formula to make the most out of the global drop in oil prices instead of passing on the benefits to the over-burdened masses.
Khan said it was shameful how the PMLN government is determined to continuously add to the miseries of the ordinary citizens’ lives.
Khan concluded that it seems the only time PMLN listens is when people come out on the streets to protest.
However, he said he hoped this time the PMLN government would not wait for PTI to bring people on to the streets to force it to withdraw the heavy taxation on petroleum products and pass on the actual benefit of reduction in global oil market to the masses. It should do this immediately if it cares even an iota for the plight of the ordinary Pakistani citizens.