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Hike in petroleum prices is another PTI govt’s incompetence: Info Minister


KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir
Hussain Shah while criticizing the members of Muttahida Qaumi
Movement-Pakistan, said on Saturday that some people protested outside the
Sindh Assembly as a political ploy, which was beyond comprehension.

The Information Minister said that if they had so much
pain for the people of Karachi in their hearts, then would they like to tell
the people that what they asked for Karachi from the federal government, of
which they were also one of the allies. He made the remarks while addressing a
press conference on Sunday. Sindh Minister for Education and Labor Saeed Ghani
and Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh were also present during the
press conference.

Shah said that if MQM-Pakistan had to protest, it should
do so against the federal government and not against the provincial government.
The minister said that the MQM should ask the federal government what happened
with the Rs162 billion package announced for Karachi? He said that what could
one say about a party that did not own its federal minister.

He said that the politics of MQM-Pakistan was limited to
Karachi and Hyderabad only. He said that media representatives should ask the
people of MQM Pakistan what they demanded from the federal government for Karachi.

Shah said that the sit-in of MQM Pakistan should be in
front of the National Assembly and not in front of the Provincial Assembly of
Sindh. While censuring the federal government, Shah said that the recent hike
in the prices of petroleum products was another proof of the incompetence of
the PTI government. Provincial Minister for Information said that it came as
shock to the people of the country.

Shah said that in a few days it will be known who had
been benefited from such a huge increase in the prices of petroleum products.
The provincial Information Minister said that cheap petrol was not available to
the people.

He said that there was no precedent in the past for the
way people were wandering for cheap petrol. The senior provincial Minister said
that the PTI government had failed in every field by deceiving the people for a
‘change’. Shah said that neither the federal government itself imported oil nor
did it allow oil marketing companies to import oil, and when anyone asked them
about their performance, they started making allegations. The provincial
Information Minister said that the sufferings of the people were increasing
owing to the incomprehensible policies of the PTI government.

He said that before Imran Khan became the Prime Minister,
he used to say that increase in the prices of petroleum products makes
everything more expensive, adding that, today he himself is the cause of this
inflation. Referring to the recently presented budget of the Sindh government,
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that although it was not an ideal budget, but
still on the instructions of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto
Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Shah prepared and presented as a better budget as
he could.

The provincial Information Minister said that there was no doubt that the recent budget of Sindh had given priority to the health sector over all other sectors, but apart from that considering the serious problems faced by the farmers, small landowners, and people running small businesses a considerable amount had been set aside in this budget.

Critics may not be aware of this, but the Sindh
provincial government had also allocated a large portion of the budget to
Karachi, he said. The senior provincial Minister said that the provincial
government was working on various projects regarding water and it was the
promise of the provincial government that improvements would be made in this
regard soon.

Talking about the recent decision of the Supreme Court
regarding the purchase of luxury vehicles, Shah said that the Sindh government
had already decided that this year, due to the situation arising after the
spread of the Coronavirus, no new car would be purchased.

The minister clarified that if there was a great need,
vehicles would be procured for the security personnel working in the field or
as and when required for the eradication of locusts. He said that every
decision of the Supreme Court would be implemented, adding that, the Sindh
government had no plans to buy luxury vehicles in this budget.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Minister for Education
and Labor Saeed Ghani said that no government other than the Sindh government,
be it the federal government or the provincial government, had increased the
salaries of laborers and government employees in the budget.

The Education Minister said that no statement was made by
the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) when the prices of petroleum
products were raised unprecedentedly by an incompetent selected government of
PTI.

Ghani said that the purpose of the sit-in of MQM Pakistan
was to get media publicity. The provincial minister for Education and Labor
added that projects worth billions of rupees had been signed to improve
Karachi’s infrastructure as well as water and sewerage system.

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