RAWALPINDI - Expressing deep concern over the government’s recent decision of hike in petroleum and CNG prices, Muttahida Transport Action Committee (MTAC) of Rawalpindi and Islamabad Thursday asked the government to revert its anti-poor move within three days otherwise the transporters would observe complete wheel jam strike.

Chairman MTAC Malik Sultan Awan announced this at a press conference at Pirwadhai Bus Terminal. The press conference was also attended by other representatives of MTAC including Mehar Khan Niazi and Raja Asad Mehmood.

Malik Sultan Awan said that recent surge in petroleum products and CNG had hit the transporters very hard. He said that the government jacked up the prices but did not revise the public transport fares owing to which furious clashes have been occurring between the transporters and passengers.

In this unpleasant situation, it has become difficult for transporters to ply their vehicles on the road, said Sultan Awan. He added that moreover Punjab government ordered City Traffic Police to issue fine tickets from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 to the transporters over route violations. The transporters agitated this decision but in vain, he added.

“All the transporters assembled here at Pirwadhai Bus Terminal to chalk out a future line of action after increase in petroleum products and CNG. After through discussion the transporters hammered out a strategy that they would observe complete wheel jam strike if the government did not decrease the prices of petroleum products and CNG within three days,” Malik Sultan stated.

Coming very hard on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani, MTAC representatives alleged that government has been sucking the blood of poor people of Pakistan by surging the prices of petroleum products, CNG, electricity and gas on the nod of IMF.

They said that the wagon and Suzuki owners managed to earn Rs 500 daily after meeting all the expenses and it would difficult for them to manage their kitchen budgets. They said it would be difficult for owners of over 4,000 public transport vehicles to bear such losses for a long time.

“The transporters of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are in touch with the transporters of Sindh province, who will observe wheel-jam strike on April 10. We will join hands with the Sindh transporters to observe complete wheel jam strike in the country,” they added.