As Pakistan buckles under the rising inflation owing to the hike in petrol prices, PTI assures the public that PM Khan will fix everything.
Friday, Pakistan witnessed yet another surge in petrol prices. The government increased the price of petrol and high-speed diesel by Rs 4 and Rs 2 per liter respectively. Important to note that 15 days earlier, the government hiked the prices of all petroleum products by Rs 5 to Rs 6 per liter.
The recent increase in fuel prices sparked outrage as the public lashed out at the government. With the hashtag “Jaag utho mehengai kay khilaf” (Rise against inflation) trending, Twitteratis, along with the Opposition protested against the hike in prices.
However, the government resolutely defended its decision. It claimed that petrol prices in Pakistan were cheaper than in the rest of the region.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said,” There are only 16 other countries which have lower petrol prices than ours. They are oil producers and have their own oil.”
“Pakistan has cheaper petrol prices than other regional countries as well, such as India and Bangladesh, he further added.
Read more: Tarin defends government’s decision to increase petroleum prices
Moreover, the government attributed the hike in prices to the global economic trends. Regarding this, in an interview with TRT World, PM Khan stated that inflation in Pakistan is “imported.”
"Pakistan is facing imported inflation due to rising global commodity prices,"
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI's exclusive interview to @TRTWorldNOW
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 2, 2021
ساری دنیا میں کرونا کی بندشیں مہنگائی کا سبب بن گئی ہیں۔ امریکہ میں مہنگائی کی شرح تیس سال کی بلند ترین سطح پہ اور یورپ میں ۱۳ سال کی۔
لیکن نون لیگ دور کے مہنگے کارناموں کی وجہ سے 2021 میں پاکستان میں بننے والی موٹرویز اور سڑکیں 2013 کے داموں سے بھی سستی ہیں۔
— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) October 2, 2021
To further combat the criticism aimed towards PM Khan, PTI and its supporters took to Twitter to remind the public of the Prime Minister’s leadership.
By posting the achievements of Pakistan under PM Khan’s leadership, PTI aimed to remind the public that the country is indeed improving on many fronts. However, a little patience is needed as PM Khan’s leadership will ensure brighter times for Pakistan.
Q1 revenue collected is Rs1.395Bn against the set target of Rs1,211Bn
Expected export growth of $7bn during this yr Q1 as compared to $5.4bn last yr
Volkswagen marks the entry of locally assembled Skoda and SUV premium cars for the first time in🇵🇰#ٹھیک_کرےگا_سب_کپتان pic.twitter.com/cW3tc1FGsR
— Samir Mir Shaikh (@SamirMir) October 2, 2021
Imran Khan worried about inflation: Sheikh Rasheed
Saturday, while talking to the media, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed stated that PM Khan is the most concerned about inflation in Pakistan.
“He is the most worried. Every week he talks about inflation,” Sheikh Rasheed said while talking to the journalists.
The minister also said that in Pakistan, the prices of petroleum products are much less as compared to India and Bangladesh. The petrol prices will fall if they reach a deal with Saudi Arabia, he added.
Read more: Saudi Arabia to pay Pakistan $3.6bn for oil purchases
The provision of food items and medicines at affordable rates is a top priority and the government’s national duty.