Old footage of the current Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb slamming the government on a petrol price hike has resurfaced online.
Netizens reposted the old video of Marriyum Aurangzeb slamming and shaming the PTI government for a petrol price hike at midnight. She could be heard calling the action of the government inhumane and cruel, for dropping a ‘petrol bomb’ on the nation. The government has increased the petrol price by Rs.22 taking the current price to Rs.272 per liter.
The old video was recorded at a time when Imran Khan led-PTI government had raised the petrol prices by Rs.12. Aurangzeb targeting Imran Khan said did not he think about the poor people of Pakistan who are unable to eat and buy medicines will be able to deal with the resultant inflation.
She asked Imran Khan if he did not think once about the poor people of Pakistan before increasing the petrol prices.
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Anchorperson and journalist Kamran Khan shared the video and said that “Shahbaz Sharif may have set a world record by raising petrol prices by 57 rupees in two weeks.” He said it is laughable to see the video now. Khan added that its good Marriyum Aurangzeb is seen less often now on TV.
شہباز شریف نے دو ہفتوں میں 57 رپے لیٹر پیٹرول قیمتں بڑھا کر شاید عالمی ریکارڈ قائم کیا اس موقع پر ن لیگی ترجمان اعلیٰ مریم اورنگزیب کی عمران خان حکومت کے دوران پیٹرول قیمتوں میں اضافہ پر گفتگو کی یاد دہانی پر ہنسی رکے نہیں رک رہی اچھی بات ہے مریم اورنگزیب اب کم کم ہی نظر آتی ہیں pic.twitter.com/BpRa9obyiy
— Kamran Khan (@AajKamranKhan) February 16, 2023
The government is receiving tremendous flak on social media for raising petrol prices. Users are criticizing the government for ruining the economy and bringing it to the brink of default.
The government is making double-down efforts to secure the IMF deal. The Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Ishaq Dar introduced the supplementary Finance Bill 2023 (mini-budget) in the National Assembly this week. The coalition government seeks to fulfill the conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure the loan program needed to avoid a default.
While addressing the lower house of parliament, the Minister compared the performance of the previous PML-N and PTI governments. He announced an increase of 18% in General Sales Tax (GST) against 17% and Federal Excise Duty (FED) on cigarettes has also been increased by the government recently.