Opposition parties sharpen their knives

Published: October 2, 2013
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In a motion in the National Assembly Secretariat, lawmakers from the PPP said the massive increase in power tariffs and petroleum prices would badly affect the common man.  PHOTO: FILE

In a motion in the National Assembly Secretariat, lawmakers from the PPP said the massive increase in power tariffs and petroleum prices would badly affect the common man. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Tuesday’s massive increase in electricity tariffs and fuel prices has opened floodgates of criticism from opposition parties. They submitted adjournment motions in both houses of parliament seeking debates on spiralling prices.

Lawmakers from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – including Syed Naveed Qamar, Azra Fazal Pachehu, Ayaz Soomro, Mehreen Anwar Raja and Shazia Marri – submitted a motion in the National Assembly Secretariat.

They said the massive increase in power tariffs and petroleum prices would badly affect the common man. “We express concern over this unending trend,” they said.

The Awami National Party (ANP) also submitted a motion in the Senate seeking a debate on the increase in prices.  “We have observed 30% to 70% increase in prices of daily-use commodities during the last four months, mainly due to the unprecedented hike in petroleum prices and free-fall of rupee,” ANP Senator Haji Adeel told The Express Tribune.

He vowed that the opposition parties would agitate in and outside parliament the government’s ‘callous decisions’, which, he said, have been taken at the behest of the International Monitory Fund (IMF).

Muttahidda Quami Movement (MQM) Senator Col (retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said his party was also going to submit an adjournment motion in the Senate on Wednesday for a debate on the increase in the petroleum and electricity prices. “I believe the poor will not be able to pay their utility bills after this hike,” said Senator Mashhadi.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan also condemned what he called ‘price bomb’ dropped on the people by the PML-N government.

“This unprecedented increase in power tariffs has hit the middle class hard, whose electricity bills in some cases will more than double as a result of this brutal increase,” he said in a statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • aaaaa
    Oct 2, 2013 - 4:24AM

    “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan also condemned what he called ‘price bomb’ dropped on the people by the PML-N government.”

    Khan’s allies are dropping actual bombs on people. Funny that.Recommend

  • Rand0m
    Oct 2, 2013 - 6:48AM

    Is this the same “Khan” who kept screaming to take hard actions to stabilize the economy? Who wanted to abolish the subsidy on electricity to reduce the deficit? Who’s finance Guru Assad Umar said in one of pre elections statements that it is inevitable for the coming government to survive without going to IMF? Proof is here “http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=204550”
    Is it the same PPP who’s 5 years were corruption ridden? Who’s two PM and president are accused of MEGA corruption scandals?
    So now all these parties expect PMLN to miraculously fix the economy ?

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  • Muneeb
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:47AM

    @aaaaa, word!Recommend

  • Mani
    Oct 2, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Its not khans allies aaaaaaaa. Its PTI who want to stop Drone bombs being dropped on children. Lighten up!Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 2, 2013 - 11:50AM

    IK should direct his CM to double the electricity production in KPK and supply power to the populace of KPK at subsidized rates. After all, this is always what he demanded from the PML-N led government headed by Shahbaz Sharif and gave a clean chit to the Zardari led federal government.

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  • MA
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:26PM

    @aaaaa:
    Little knowledge is surely a dangerous thing….

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  • bbbbb
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:34PM

    @ aaaaa….What does make PTI Taliban’s Ally? PTI wants peace dialogues with TTP (according to your wisdom) so does the PML (n) so they are both allies of TTP. Score is leveled. Further PML (n) is dropping Electricity bombs, Petrol bombs, and price bombs etc which take PML (n) way ahead of PTI; means PTI still much better than PML (n).
    Compare PTI with any other major party of Pakistan; PTI could be ally of TTP (according to your intellect) but other major parties of Pakistan have their own terrorist wings in Karachi.
    PTI at-least has serious and sincere intent. However their suggestions are arguable; this is the beauty of democracy but other parties are not even honest.

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