LAHORE- The traders, businessmen and religious leaders have strongly resented the increase in oil and gas prices, saying it would push more people below the poverty line and lead the country to unrest and anarchy. They further said that it would also multiply unemployment, suicide incidents and poverty in the country besides badly affecting the poor. They also urged the government to cut down the non-development expenditures instead of passing on the burden on the public. They also strongly criticised the new government and said that what difference the coalition government has created after winning the general elections while the prices are soaring unabated and there was no respite in the hardships of the people. They expressed these views while addressing a debate on price-hike held here at Hameed Nizami Hall on Tuesday. Director Lahore Stock Exchange Asif Sheikh, Chairman Pakistan Industrialist and Traders Association Front Mian Abuzar Shad, Deputy General Secretary Pakistan Workers Federation Usama Tariq, Finance Secretary All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Naeem Badshah, Secretary Anjuman-e-Tajiran Lahore Mian Feroz Tariq, Chairman Pakistan Chemist and Druggist Welfare Association Sheikh Mazhar Shafi, Mian Mohammad Wasif were among the speakers. Speaking on this occasion Director Lahore Stock Exchange Asif Sheikh said that the foreign investment is declining due to the worsening law and order situation in the country. Mian Abuzar Shad while strongly criticizing the hike in the prices of petrol, gas and electricity said that the coalition government must stop this increase in order to save the industry. He said that the construction of Kalabagh dam is a must for the survival of the country. Mian Feroz Tariq demanded the government to bring back the former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz through Interpol to recover the looted money from his possession. Usama Tariq said that the present government is increasing the oil prices frequently and it seemed that they are not interested to resolve the problems of the public. Allama Nazakat Golarvi said the Chaudhry's should also be held accountable for plundering the national kitty.