Imran announces protests against fuel price hike
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan criticised on Thursday the increase in prices of petroleum products and CNG and said his party would hold countrywide protests on Friday against the government decision.
He said the “cruel decision” had made life of salaried people and daily-wage earners miserable.
Addressing a press conference marking the induction into his party of PPP leader Israr Shah, Mr Khan said: “Frequent hike in prices of utilities has made the annual budget meaningless. My party will be on streets against this cruel price of petroleum products,” he said. Two former foreign ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Mian Mehmood Kasuri and party’s information secretary Shafqat Mehmood were present on the occasion.
Dr Israr Shah, a former central executive committee member of the PPP, said he was quitting the PPP after 42 years with heavy heart, but he would continue to struggle for the achievement of the ideals set by PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his illustrious daughter Benazir Bhutto for amelioration of people’s lot.
Dr Shah who had lost his both legs in a bomb blast at district courts during campaign for the restoration of judiciary and also lost trust of his party because of what he described as his confronting party policies vis a vis restoration of judiciary and questioning justification for awarding ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ to Babar Awan.
Mr Khan said that on coming to power he would expose the real motive behind the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and punish the real culprits who had conspired to kill her because the present setup had done nothing, but confused the case and according to the UN report deliberately helped its cover-up.
On inviting his attention to government’s quietly allowing Nato troops supplies through Pakistan, he said: “I have been saying since eight years that this is not our war and we should not become conduit for the supplies which are used to kill the people in Afghanistan for the country has lost $50 billion in four years fighting this war while it has received only $20 billion.”
“This government has been failure in maintenance of law and order as was the Punjab government where 20 per cent crime rate had risen and main cause of this failure is this so-called war on terror,” he said.
Commenting on the Feb 25 by-polls, Imran Khan said his party would take a decision whether to move the Supreme Court again to challenge the validity of these polls because the Election commission disobeying the apex court order of not holding by-elections without correcting the voters lists as they neither displayed the corrected voters lists nor brought to the notice of the apex court.
The PTI chief rubbished the notion that as if the wave dubbed by him as ‘tsunami’ was on the reverse course, saying “this tsunami was against the status quo and the rulers who have failed to deliver and who are together in plunder of national exchequer and as long as the change comes it cannot recede.”
He said the politicians had by handing over appointment of judges to politicians (parliamentary committee) had put fetters on the independence of judicial system and that was the reason that appointment of judges according to strength was not being completed.