KARACHI -  Following the directives of Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the PPP Sunday staged a protest against hike in fuel prices .

The party activists from Karachi division gathered outside the Karachi Press Club to stage protest against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led federal governmnet over raise in fuel prices .

The party activists chanted slogans against the federal government for suppressing the poor through its policies and demanded to immediately withdraw hike in fuel prices .   

Addressing to the protesters, PPP Sindh General Secretary Waqar Mehdi said that the incumbent government had shattered the economy and the growers are forced to set fire to their crops due to low prices and high expense.

He said that their protest was aimed at exposing false promises of PML-N before coming in to power and their recent move to raise fuel prices was only aimed at suppressing the poor and shifting more money towards their off shore accounts abroad.

PPP Karachi General Secretary Saeed Ghani said that the federal government despite lower fuel prices in international market is increasing the fuel prices from past months.

“In PPP era, the fuel prices were around $150 per barrel but the prices were low as compare to the rise and the government bore the hike in international market by giving subsidy,” he said , however, the PML-N government is adding more taxes to the fuel prices and avoiding to transfer relief to the masses.

He said that the PPP faced difficulties on several fronts in its era but did not backed off from providing relief to the masses and despite facing floods and rain storms, the PPP supported the flood affectees to its extent.

Meanwhile, several leaders representing their communities in different parts of the city announced joining Pakistan People’s Party.

Addressing a press conference at PPP Media Cell along with other PPP office bearers, Saeed Ghani said that the pace at which activist of different political parties and members of other communities are joining PPP, it would emerge as one of the biggest party of metropolis by 2018.

“We are hopeful to take most of the Karachi seats in 2018 general elections and entire Sindh would represent PPP,” he said.

Responding to a query regarding Sharjeel Memon and Dr Asim cases in NAB, he said that they had never termed their party cadre as angels but had always demanded that the law and its enforcing authorities should choose an indiscriminate way for everyone.

“Our people are part of society. The only thing that we want is indiscriminate action under the law,” he said adding that NAB should implement its laws in Sindh and Punjab in similar ways

SHIKARPUR

Like other parts of the province, PPP took out a massive protest rally against increased prices of oil in Shikarpur. Marching through various routes, the rally culminated at Shikarpur Press Club, on Sunday.

The rally was headed by the former PPP MPA and former district president Meer Babal Khan Bhayo, Kamran Khan Mahar and others. 

Speaking on the occasion, leaders including Meer Babal Khan Bhayo, Sunni Sanjrani, the chairman MC Shikarpur, and others deplored the decision to increase the oil prices and demanded the federal government to restore the old prices because people could not afford increased prices of oil.

A large number of protesters including female workers were chanting slogans against federal government for increasing petroleum prices and termed it extra burden over masses of the Pakistan. 

MIRPURKHAS

Hundreds of workers and office bearers of PPP district Mirpurkhas took out protest rally from PPP city office to protest against increasing the petroleum products by the federal government.

Led by ex-MPA Shamim Aara Panhwer and ex-district president Haji Noor Hassan Chandio, carrying banners and placards, they marched through main roads while raised slogans against federal government. They arrived at local press club where they staged protest demonstration.

Speaking to the protesters, ex-taluka president ladies wing KGM Azmina Nazeer Chandio strongly condemned the federal government for enhancing the prices of petrol.

She expressed that in international market price of petrol was reduced than local price of petroleum products.

Haneef Memon also said that the federal government failed to deliver.

Ex-MPA Shamim Aara Panhwer demanded the federal government to withdraw the price hike of petroleum products. Those also spoke Ishaque Narejo and Abdul Salam Memon.