Shahbaz Sharif demands that government withdraw proposed gas price hike
- “People cannot bear more inflation; this oppression after oppression must be stopped,” said Shahbaz Sharif.
- Says that the rise in gas prices is “unwarranted” and “another senseless act” on the part of the government.
- “Pakistan has the highest inflation rate and the lowest income in the world,” said the opposition leader.
LAHORE: PML-N chairman Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday demanded that the government withdraw a proposal to raise gas prices.
Calling the latest financial budget the “International Monetary Fund (IMF) budget,” Sharif wrote on Twitter: “The government is only fulfilling the conditions set by the IMF.”
He said the government lied to the nation about a “tax-free budget”.
“We pointed out earlier that after the budget there will be an increase in inflation and taxes,” he said, adding that the government “has proven us right”.
The opposition leader said the rise in gas prices was “unwarranted” and “another senseless act” on the part of the government.
“People cannot bear more inflation; this oppression after oppression must be stopped,” Sharif said.
He said gas and electricity prices have seen “historic” spikes and censured Prime Minister Imran Khan for giving rise to “civil war-like conditions” with “a senseless decision after the other”.
The leader said the price increase will not solve the problem; the “fundamental problem is the incompetence of the rulers and corruption”.
“Rising electricity and gas prices will make people’s lives more miserable, while gas prices increase will make bread more expensive and consumers’ monthly bills will increase further,” said the leader. of PML-N.
“We’ve said it before too – the government pulled a 9/11 on the economy,” said the opposition leader, adding, “Now it is turning the nation into Tora Bora with inflation.”
Sharif said Prime Minister Imran Khan “should step down instead of putting pressure on the people with soaring inflation”.
“How long will the Pakistanis suffer from the consequences of Imran Khan’s incompetence?” He continued.
The government has already raised the price of gas by 141%, he said, adding that the gas companies have been destroyed “due to the incompetence of Imran Khan”.
The opposition leader said Pakistan buys the most expensive LNG in the world, while electricity and gas prices in Pakistan are also the most expensive in South Asia.
“Pakistan has the highest inflation rate and the lowest income in the world,” said Sharif.