Imran rejects POL price hike
03 September, 2012
LAHORE: Coming down hard on the government over the hike in petroleum prices, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that the rulers were following the agenda of their "foreign masters" and had no concern for the problems of the people.
Declaring the new raise in petroleum prices a cruel act, the PTI chairman said that by doing so the rulers were pursuing an agenda that had been imported from abroad. "The rise in petroleum prices would be followed by a price hike in the country that would add to the hardships of the common," he said.
According to Khan, the regime had completely failed to provide relief to the masses, and a majority has plunged into multiple crises, that emerged out of inflation and price hikes. He said the four-year-long bad governance had exposed the economy to historic losses, adding that gas and electricity crises had promoted joblessness and unemployment in the country. He said these crises could not be resolved without rooting the cruel and corrupt system out.
Khan said the motive of youth should be the elimination of corruption and if they stood up then no one could stop change and prosperity from coming to the country. Encouraging the nation to welcome change, the PTI chairman said, "We would hold the culprits responsible it voted to power and bring in prosperity through rule of law."
He said that the political scenario of the country had changed and masses had awakened this time and would reject corrupt and professional politicians in the next elections. Meanwhile, on a visit to Skardu, the PTI chief asked chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of Shia killings in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Addressing a press conference with prominent Shia leader Sheikh Jaffery and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Maulana Khalil, he emphasised that the government had completely failed to maintain law and order. Khan said the killing of 21 Shia passengers in a bus at Babusar Pass was a terrible tragedy and a visible manifestation of complete failure by the government.