ISLAMABAD - The opposition parties are set to jointly give tough time to the government in the upcoming National Assembly session for not declining petroleum products’ prices upto Rs11 per litre as recommended by OGRA.

The government side will be questioned, in call-attention notice, for not passing full impact of internationally declined oil prices to the people of Pakistan.

The opposition parties (PPP, PTI and MQM) will show unity to raise a question for ignoring the recommendations of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), which suggested upto Rs11 per litre decline in petroleum prices. “All opposition parties will jointly raise voice in and outside the parliament for unreasonable decline in petroleum prices,” said an opposition party member.

PPP has termed the decline in prices of petroleum product a mere joke with the masses. “The meagre decline in oil prices is a joke with the people....We have rejected the government’s decision to reduce the petroleum products price by Rs5 per litre,” said PPP’s lawmaker Salim Mandviwalla, in his party’s reaction over meagre decline in petroleum products prices.

Mandviwalla said the government is collecting upto Rs40 per litre tax on petroleum products, which is totally injustice with the masses.

He demanded of the government to reduce the GST on petroleum products.

The government had yesterday slashed the oil prices by only five rupees per litre as against the recommendations of OGRA, which suggested upto Rs11 decline in petroleum products prices.

PTI REJECTS MEAGRE CUT IN OIL PRICES : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) yesterday rejected the announcement of the federal government to decrease the petroleum prices up to Rs 5 per litre.

A statement issued by PTI Central Information Secretary Naeemul Haq says that the government did not want to pass the benefit of falling petroleum prices internationally on to the masses.

He said that Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had recommended cut in prices up to 21 percent but the government rejected this advice without any reason. This is injustice with the people of Pakistani that the government was selling petroleum products to the masses at higher rates while buying it from international market at low rates.

PTI demanded of the federal government to decrease the POL prices in the light of the recommendations of OGRA and the difficulties of the people should be lessened by providing them cheap petroleum products.