Opposition's outburst of anger against price hike
05 October, 2013
LAHORE: The main opposition party, Pakistan People's Party (PPP), staged a protest demonstration against recent price hike in petrol and electricity tariff, declaring it as a terrorist act from the government against poor citizens.
PPP's central leader Aitzaz Ahsan also urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take sou motu action against this move by the PML-N government.
The party staged the protest demonstration in front of Lahore Press Club wherein the PPP Punjab president Mian Manzoor Wattoo, secretary Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki also addressed and declared the PML-N government as 'terrorist' and involved in 'financial dacoities'.
Addressing the party workers, Aitzaz said the hike in oil prices was a form of terrorism because people had been terrified by recent inflation from the government. He said a case of terrorism should be registered against the PML-N government under the sections of Anti-Terrorism Act.
He also levelled charges of corruption against the PML-N leaders, saying that the government had started plundering the country's wealth after assuming charge. He claimed that the government had withdrawn Rs58 billion instead of required Rs40 billion in the name of Nandipur power project, and this is robbing of Rs18 billion in just one project.
He said his party would hold the government accountable for its anti-people steps. He also urged to appoint the NAB chairman with the consent of the PPP backed opposition leader in National Assembly, Khursheed Shah.
Manzoor Watto said the PPP would continue raising voice in favour of the public interest. He said the PPP wanted to continue democratic system but not at the cost of public interest.
Protesters were carrying party flags and banners inscribed with slogans against price hike and withdrawal of fresh increase in rates of petroleum products and electricity. On this occasion, PPP's female legislator in Punjab Assembly Faiza Malik and other activists also protested against the load shedding of electricity and price hike by lighting up the lanterns.
Separately, another opposition party, Jamaat e Islami also held several protest demonstration across the city after Friday prayers. The rally held at Multan Road was addressed by the JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch. He said that the people had expected the PML-N government to provide them much relief but all their hopes had shattered to the ground.