Govt, Opp senators trade barbs over increase in petroleum levy
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: PPP’s Senator Raza Rabbani and the PML-N’s Pervaiz Rasheed criticised the government for increasing the tax on petroleum products, saying that the masses could not avail relief due to it. Federal minister for power, Omar Ayub, traded barbs with the opposition senators over the issue.
During his speech, Rabbani took aim at the prime minister for failing to control inflation. “Is the elected prime minister running the country or the unelected finance minister?” he asked.
Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said that the government will get Rs10 billion annually from the petroleum levy. He asked the government whether they were about to give people any “good news” about building any motorways, airports, ports or starting new projects from the petroleum tax that they will collect.
He said that the incumbent government, similar to the Musharraf regime, was more focused on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. “Musharraf’s government used to say Nawaz will not be allowed to return. They [PTI-led government] say Nawaz will not be allowed to leave. They have nothing to do apart from [worry about] Nawaz,” he said.
In response, federal minister Omar Ayub said that the government had slashed petrol prices by Rs5 per litre yet the opposition was still criticising the treasury benches.
The Ministry of Finance announced on Saturday that the government had slashed the prices of petroleum products, as oil prices in international market fell.