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Imran announces countrywide protest against hike in petrol prices

PESHAWAR: Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced to stage a ‘peaceful’ protest across the country tomorrow after Friday prayers against the hike in petrol prices.

Taking to Twitter, the former premier said: “I want everyone to come out and protest peacefully after [Friday] prayers tomorrow against this Imported [government’s] anti-people policies of massive price hikes to crush the public and wreak economic havoc.”

Criticizing the federal government for increasing the petrol prices, Imran Khan claimed that this will increase the burden on the public by Rs900 [billion] and price hike in basic necessities. “Plus, the Rs8 increase in electricity price will put the entire country into shock,” he added.

Speaking of his government, the ex-premier said that the PTI-led regime sustained pressure of coronavirus pandemic and gave Rs1200 [billion] worth of economic package.

“This year alone we reduced sales tax to zero percent and additionally provided Rs466 [billion] energy subsidies to protect our public. For us our priority has always been our people,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government has increased the prices of petroleum products by Rs30 per litre, with the hike set to go into effect at midnight tonight.

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