The government has conducted another dearness attack on the public in the shape of increase in petroleum products’ prices showing that the PML-N government has completely failed, thus, the people have fed with the present rulers, said PPP Punjab leaders.

“The people who voted Nawaz League candidates into the parliament are now feeling regretful over their May 11 decision. The rulers have accepted their failure by increasing prices of petroleum products and other daily use items for several times thereby damaging the national economy, devaluating Pakistani rupee against US dollar and irritating the public as well,” said PPP Punjab leader Tariq Mehmood, tehsil president Nadeem Afzal, Abul Kalam Shah, Mehmoodul Hasan and others while talking to the media in Sadiqabad.  They added, “The government has made another drone attack on the public in the shape of increase in the prices of petroleum products because of which dearness will further rise.” On last Saturday, the government raised the prices of petroleum products by up to Rs4.71 per litre. However, following directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the government made a partial increase of Rs2.5 per litre in the price of high speed diesel, which is mostly used in agriculture and transport sectors.

The summary sent to the prime minister had proposed an increase of Rs3.57 per litre in the HSD price. “The government has given a subsidy of Rs1.07 per litre in the price of HSD to facilitate consumers following direction of the prime minister,” a senior government official said. Total subsidy on the HSD price now stood at Rs3.63 per litre, he added. The government has passed on the full impact of increase in prices of all petroleum products, except HSD, to consumers.