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PPP protests hike in oil prices, asks govt to withdraw decision

PPP protests hike in oil prices, asks govt to withdraw decision

PESHAWAR: On the call of Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the party’s activists here on Sunday held a protest demonstration against the increase in oil prices and asked the federal government to withdraw the decision.

The protesters led by PPP provincial vice president Syed Ayub Shah and deputy information secretary Misbahuddin, held banners and placards inscribed with demands for taking back the decision.

Speaking on the occasion, Ayub Shah termed the hike as a vengeful act by the government against the poverty-stricken people. He demanded that the government immediately take back the increase in prices of petroleum products.

He said contrary to its promises, the federal government had failed to provide low-tariff electricity and fuel to the consumers, adding despite low oil prices globally, the rulers were bent upon increasing the prices to hit the people economically.

The PPP, he said had always raised voice for the suppressed segments of society and it would not back off until the federal government withdrew the increase in petroleum prices.

Ayub Shah said the workers were ready to start protest marches if their top leaders ordered them to do so.

In Karak, Pakistan People’s Party, Karak chapter, also organised a demonstration against the increase in the oil prices.

The protesters led by party’s district president Haji Sardar and general secretary Jehanzeb Khattak blocked the Karak-Bannu Road at Saddam Chowk.

Addressing the protesters, Haji Sardar, Jabbar Khattak Advocate and others criticised the decision of the government of increasing the oil prices and claimed the prices of petroleum products were already high as the government had withdrawn subsidy on them.

They resolved if the government did not pay heed to miseries of common man then they would launch a protest drive across the province.

In Kohat, the PPP local chapter demanded of the government to take back the recent increase in the oil prices which had multiplied miseries of people.

PPP minority wing district president Pir Naseeb Chand, in a statement on Sunday, said the people were already paying huge taxes on oil products.

Earlier, at a protest organised by the PPP, civil society and members of local bodies criticised the federal government for raising the oil prices, which they termed a new bomb on the poor people.

They said the poor were already crushed under the price hike and could not tolerate the increase in petroleum prices.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2017

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