KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-i-Islami, on Thursday flayed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for approving raise in power tariff in Economic Cooperation Council (ECC) meeting.
PPP leader and Senator Saeed Ghani criticized the Economic Cooperation Council (ECC) decision to raise electricity tariff by Rs5 and said that it was violation of NEPRA Act and verdict of the Supreme Court regarding electricity charges.
He said that despite paying hefty bills, people had to face hours long load shedding. “This situation has increased problems of people who were not able to perform their daily routine activities,” he said adding that the situation was better in the last PPP government tenure.
He said that it was due to government’s incompetency that circular debt had reached Rs 300 billion. “Instead of lowering line losses, eliminating electricity theft and recovery of billions from K-electric, the government has put all pressure on the common man,” he said.
Talking to PPI, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf MPA, Hafeezuddin, said the government was not sincere to resolving issues faced by people and added that despite depreciation of dollar against rupee and decrease in fuel rates, the electricity tariff was not reduced.
He said that the government had begged votes from people but it was fulfilling agenda of IMF and other international funding agencies. He said that the party would stage protest against the hike in electricity prices. “We will not only stage protest but will also raise this issue in assemblies,” he said.
Jamaat-i-Islami leader Hafiz Naeemur Rehman also criticized the decision to raise power tariff and said that JI would not accept it at any cost. He said that the people were deprived of their basic rights and now the government was also trying to pressurize them. He said that JI would stage protest against this decision until it was withdrawn.