Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif was worried over the increase in petrol and diesel prices.
While Speaking on a private news channel, the interior minister said that Nawaz Sharif was worried over the increase in prices of petroleum products, adding that the former prime minister said he cannot burden people with another penny.
Interior Minister takes Jibe at the former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for ‘breaking’ an agreement with International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying that currently, the Fund was not ready to show any leniency.
The Interior Minister further said that the increase in petrol prices and removing the dollar cap were the demands of the IMF. He said that “Imran Khan and his party are trying to create instability in the country.”
Earlier Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announces that the federal government has decided to raise the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs35 per litre and after the hike new price of petrol will be 249 rupees per litre.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that 11 percent increase was witnessed in the prices of petrol products in the international market. Finance Minister Dar further announced that the prices of kerosene oil and light diesel oil have been increased by Rs18 per litre.
Hike in Transport Fares
After the hike in petrol and diesel prices, the public transporters announced a 10 percent increase in intercity fares.
In a statement issued by All-Pakistan Public Transport Owners Federation (APPTOF), the spokesperson said that the participants of the federation opined that a considerable increase in diesel prices would destroy the transport system across the country.
The spokesman said the fare for Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan from Lahore had been increased by Rs100; Lahore to Gujranwala by Rs50, Lahore to Sadiqabad and Peshawar Rs200; and the fare for Lahore to Karachi had been increased by Rs600.
Moreover, the fares from Lahore to Sargodha increased by Rs 1050 to Rs 1200; from Lahore to Sialkot by Rs 800 to Rs 900; and from Lahore to Bahawalpur by Rs 2200 to Rs 2400.
Furthermore, the fare from Lahore to Multan has been increased by Rs1990 to Rs2090; from Lahore to Taunsa Sharif from Rs2100 to Rs2400; Lahore to Hyderabad increased from Rs6500 to Rs7000; and from Lahore to Murree from Rs2450 to Rs2700.