The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf governments’ move to hike prices of petroleum products by up to Rs9 per litre, before Ramadan, created a noisy episode in Senate when the opposition asked the government to explain why the prices of petroleum prices had increased repeatedly in the last few weeks.
The opposition on Monday (May 6) staged a protest, carried placards in their hands and chanted slogans against the government and then staged a walkout from senate. Leaders of the opposition parties threatened the government that they would bring people to the streets if opposition were stopped to raised voice against cruel and failed economic policies of the government
Senator Javed Abbasi in his speech lashed out at the government for ignoring the woes of the people. He criticised the government for once again dropping the ‘petrol bomb’ on the people and asked the government to explain why this had happened.
Leader in the House Senator Shibli Faraz said that Senator Javed Abbasi always disrupts the House’s proceedings with his antics. On this, the opposition members staged a walkout from the house. “We are ready for debate and will show mirror to the opposition. They may talk oil prices and we will explain as to what exactly had happened in the past,” he contended.
Meanwhile, a notice inviting attention was submitted in the National Assembly Secretariat under Rule-88 by the opposition members over the recent hike in prices of petroleum products. Key parliamentarians from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) signed the motion, demanding an urgent debate in the House over the issue. PML-N’s Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb and PPP’s Shazia Marri signed the notice.