LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf has criticised the provincial government for ‘its failure to provide relief to the masses in the holy month of Ramazan.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, PTI leaders said the government was deceiving the public in the name of Ramazan Bazaars. They said no relief had been provided to the public in the form of an end to power outages during sehr and Iftar hours. They said the government had also failed to control prices of basic commodities.
Former Punjab PTI president Ejaz Chauhdry rejected the Ramazan Bazaars as attempt to defraud the public. He said the PML-N government had assured the public that during Ramazan daily use commodities would be available at affordable rates. He said the government had failed to control prices of meat, fruits and vegetables.
Ejaz Chaudhry said district price control committees were not functional. “Ramazan Bazaars have failed to provide any significant relief to the masses. Most vendors at these facilities are offering sub-standard at their stalls. The bazaars are benefiting only those involved in hoarding essential items,” he said.
Former PTI Punjab organiser Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar said the government’s statements that there would be no load shedding at sehr and iftar hours turned out to be false. He said the district administrations had failed to control price inflation.
On the political situation in the centre, Sarwar said Opposition parties were ready to take to the streets if the government failed to solve the crisis surrounding the terms of reference for the Panama Leaks commission. “The PML-N is responsible for the deadlock in negotiations,” he said. He said if the issue of the ToRs is not resolved the Opposition would press for general elections ahead of schedule. “The PTI will prefer joint protests over the issue instead of a solo flight. The nation will not accept any excuses this time. Political temperature is likely to rise after Ramazan,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2016.