‘Sugar scandal part two’
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday rejected the government's record hike in petrol prices and termed it an "atrocity".
Calling it "sugar scandal part two", Shehbaz said that the premier's statements about caring for the people had been "proven hollow".
He claimed that the PTI government had "played a horrific game with the masses", saying that this was "proof the government did not want the economy to run".
"After the sugar mafia, the petrol mafia has won. The government has given the petrol mafia license to loot the public. Thus proven that this is a government of inefficient, insensitive and oppressive people. An oppressive government cannot continue," he said in a statement.
He demanded that the government "immediately" take back the increase in prices, saying that this was "not the time to clean the people's pockets".
"We will protest against this atrocity on every forum including the Parliament," he said.
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also rejected the increase in prices. "Increasing petrol prices at a time when the public should be given further relief is anti-people. Those who have increased the prices by a record high are the same ones who used to criticise minor increases previously," he said.