TOA TEK SINGH-Increase in the petroleum products' prices has been widely condemned by various political leaders who said the government wanted to suck even the last drop of blood of the poor.

Former PPP minister Begum Neelum Jabbar Chaudhry described it a gift of the government to the workers and poor people on the occasion of New Year. She said that the increase had proved complete financial mismanagement on the part of the present regime. It had broken the backbone of the common men, who were already groaning under unemployment, poverty and price hike, she said.

Awami Workers Party district president Zubair Chaudhry said that the government wanted to suck even the last drop of blood of the poor.

He said the farmers were already facing great loss in the agriculture due to hike in the prices of inputs. He added that the current raise in the petroleum products would result in forcing them to do some other work abandoning the farming.

It will be impossible for them to purchase so high priced diesel for their tractors and tube wells.

Irrigation Employees' Union leader Allah Bakhsh Sial termed the increase in oil prices a cruel joke with the poor government employees. He said it would cause further raise in the prices of essential commodities, disturbing the already constrained budget of the poor.