While invoking the name of India, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan once again criticized Shehbaz Sharif’s government after the federal government raised gasoline and diesel prices by PKR 30 per litre.
While criticizing the government, Imran said that this “insensitive government” has not followed the deal made by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party with Russia for 30 percent cheaper oil.
He then praised India, saying that the US strategic ally has managed to cut fuel prices by PKR 25 per liter by buying cheaper oil from Russia.
“The nation begins to pay the price of imported government subservience to foreign masters with a 20%/30 rupees per liter increase in petrol and diesel prices – the highest price increase in our history. The incompetent and insensitive government has not pursued our deal with Russia for 30% cheaper oil,” Imran Khan said in a tweet.
“Instead, India, a strategic US ally, has managed to reduce fuel prices by PKR 25 per liter by buying cheaper oil from Russia. Now our nation will suffer another massive dose of inflation at the hands of this cabal of thieves,” he said in another tweet.
Pakistan on Thursday raised the prices of petroleum products by PKR 30 per litre, stating that the decision was made to ensure the revival of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.
Gasoline will be priced at PKR 179.86, diesel at PKR 174.15, kerosene at PKR 155.56 and light diesel at PKR 148.31, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail made the announcement at a news conference in Islamabad, where he said the government had no choice but to raise prices, adding “we still suffer a loss of PKR 56 per liter of diesel. “, even under the new pricing
Admitting that Shehbaz Sharif’s government was aware of the political repercussions of the decision, he added: “We will face criticism, but the state and its interests are important to us and we need to save it.”
Furthermore, Ismail said that Pakistan could have gone in the “wrong direction” if the measures had not been taken. The decision was difficult for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, he added.
This price increase came after talks between the Pakistani government and the IMF in Doha.
These discussions were aimed at reaching an agreement on policies at the conclusion of the IMF’s seventh review of its $6 billion program for Pakistan, which has stalled since early April.
According to media reports, the IMF has made the resumption of the program conditional on the reversal of fuel and energy subsidies introduced by the previous PTI government, which have been described as unsustainable.
With NDTV inputs