LAHORE – The Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday held countrywide demonstrations to protest against the oppressive raise in POL, gas prices and electricity tariff. Rallies and meetings were held in big cities including Lahore. Senior JI leaders addressing the rallies, condemned the frequent raise in the POL and gas prices and electricity charges which had crushed the general public.

They deplored that whereas the rulers were leading luxurious lives, the masses had been unable to make both ends meet.

In Lahore, a rally was held outside the Lahore Press Club. JI’s Lahore chief Amirul Azeem, in his address, said that the present government had been constantly raising prices of POL, gas and electricity tariff due to which, the poor were committing suicides. He said the common man was unable to understand why the gas prices were being raised which was a local product.

JI Ameer, Syed Munawar Hasan, addressing a big public meeting at Khanewal, said that the so called opposition did not raise voice against the price raise that was being affected on the IMF and World Bank dictation. The foreign donors were bent upon ruining Pakistan’s economy to meet their evil designs, he added.

The rally at Peshawar was addressed by the JI provincial chief Prof Ibrahim Khan who said that if the rulers did not control price spiral, the hands of the poor people would be on their throats. The JI Punjab chief Syed Waseem Akhtar led a big women rally at Bahawalpur.