LAHORE Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan has condemned the recent raise in POL prices and demanded its withdrawal. In a statement issued here on Thursday, he said the party that had been promising Roti, Kapra and Makan to the masses, had practically pushed the people into poverty and price spiral. If the rulers remain in power for another one and half years, the prices of POL, electricity and gas would go more sky high. Munawar said, while the POL prices in the world market had come down, the government had raised the prices despite opposition by OGRA. He noted that even in India, the POL prices had been lowered twice in recent days. He said that the same was the case of electricity tariff and CNG prices which too had been continuously raised. He said more tax was being charged from the electricity consumers in the name of fuel adjustment charges. This tax had been levied to make payments to the Rental Power projects although these projects had failed. He warned that the unjustified raise in POL prices would lead to a fresh wave of price hike as this affected transport fares. Meanwhile, Religious and religio-political parties will observe black day on Friday (today) to protest against uncalled for Nato attack on two Pakistani checkposts in Mohmand Agency that led to martyrdom of a couple of dozen officers and soldiers. Protest rallies and public meetings will be held in the federal and the provincial capitals and other cities in the country after Juma prayers. During the Friday prayers, Khateebs will deliver special sermons regarding the brutal act of Nato and responsibilities of the rulers. Resolutions will also be passed regarding condemnation of the airstrikes on Pakistani checkposts. JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch will lead the protest rally outside Rawalpindi Press Club. In the federal capital, the rally will be held outside Islamabad Press Club and will be led by the JI Islamabad chief. In Lahore, the protest would be held outside Mansoora. JI Lahore chief will lead. The JI Punjab chief Syed Waseem Akhtar will lead the rally in Multan. Rallies will also be held in Peshawar, Karachi, Faisalabad and other big cities.