Opposition parties : Pakistan PM’s relief package is biggest and historic fraud with nation:

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Islamabad, Nov 4 : After Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement of a Rs 120-billion subsidy package, the two main opposition parties have called the relief package as the “biggest and historic fraud” with the nation and also an “acceptance of the government’s failure”.

Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said, “PM’s package is nothing but a joke. PM claims few families will benefit from 30 per cent discount for only 6 months on ghee, flour & lentils. In 3 yrs, ghee increased [by] 108 per cent, flour 50 per cent & gas 300 per cent.

“30 per cent is too little, too late for 200 million ppl facing historic inflation, poverty & unemployment.”

Former Senator and PPPl leader Sherry Rehman called the PM as the “blame Minister of Pakistan” and his announcement as a “bizarre speech”.
Taking to Twitter, Rehman criticised the prime minister and said that she chose the name “blame minister” for him as he has been shifting blames on the former governments and international markets for the rise in inflation and prices of oil, gas, and other essential items, Geo TV reported.

“Bizarre speech by the Blame Minister of Pakistan. Says all the unprecedented inflation, tsunami of oil, gas prices, essentials is becoz [sic] of the past govts & international markets. PPP faced higher global oil prices over 130 $ per barrel but local petrol was half of today prices,” wrote Rehman.

She further said, “Basically he took no responsibility for the economic crisis, skyrocketing inflation, unprecedented public debt, plummeting rupee and just said ‘get ready for more price hikes.’ And oh, a ‘relief package’ for 2 crore out of 22 crore people. Which package? Ghee prices rose as he spoke.”

The opposition leaders also asked Imran Khan to step down to bring relief to the public.

PML-N information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement said the Prime Minister should resign for “lying on national television and announcing a fraud package to fool the nation”.

“The only public announcement that would help solve the crisis created by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would be corrupt, incompetent and clueless Imran Khan’s resignation,” she said.

She said while announcing the relief package, the prime minister had told the nation that sugar, electricity, gas, petrol and cotton would get more expensive in coming days, Dawn reported.

“What kind of a relief package is this which has come with the terrible news that there will be a shortage of gas in the entire winter season,” she said.

On Wednesday, Imran Khan had announced a package for 20 million families, which in turn will benefit the 130 million Pakistanis.
He, however, blamed the reason for inflation as being driven by global factors.

“What can we do if inflation is being driven because of global factors? Yes, we are facing inflation in the country but you should also look at what the government is doing to alleviate the situation,” he said.

“If we do not increase the price of petrol, the deficit will increase,” he added.

This comes after Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin announced this week that an agreement with the IMF over the revival of the USD 6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) had been reached and a formal accord will be signed later this week.


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