Opposition blasts PTI govt for dropping ‘petrol bomb’ in the dead of night

Islamabad (HRNW) The opposition parties in the country on Friday criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for “massively” increasing prices of petroleum products just two days after the premier’s announcement of the “biggest ever” relief package in Pakistan’s history.

The government increased the petrol price by Rs8.03 to Rs145.82 per litre, an all-time high, with immediate effect. The ministry of finance made the announcement late last night through a notification, according to which the government increased the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs8.14 per litre. The new price of HSD now stands at Rs142.62 per litre.

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif criticised the premier for further burdening the nation with inflation.

“Yet another petrol bomb exploded on the masses in the dead of night. This is IK’s [PM Imran Khan] way of providing ‘relief’ after giving a long sermon yesterday. Unfortunately, every day dawns with horrible news for the people. This incompetent/corrupt PTI government and Pakistan cannot go together,” Sharif tweeted.

Senior PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said that the surge of more than Rs18 per litre in petrol and Rs20 per litre in diesel prices in two weeks would have devastating effects on the economy.

“A super tsunami of inflation will come. The government has been forced to make this haphazard increase as it has totally failed to stop a decline in the value of the rupee. This decline is the result of poor economic policies of the government,” he tweeted.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his party protested in the National Assembly against the price hike.

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