MQM, JUI-F stage walk-out from NA against petroleum prices

The Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM) and the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) staged a walk-out from the National Assembly on Monday in protest against recent raise in petroleum prices.

They urged the government to immediately withdraw its decision as it had added to the miseries of people.

Asif Hasnain of MQM said that the government should immediately withdraw the increase in petroleum prices.

MQM’s parliamentary leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that there were certain reasons due to which the party had taken a crucial decision to sit on opposition benches. The people were not in a position to bear recent hike in petroleum prices.

He said, “We have time and again pursuaded the coalition government not to increase indirect taxes.”

JUI-F leader Mulana Atta-ur-Rehman said, “the recent raise in petroleum prices is like a bomb.”

He said the government could provide relief to the people if it refused to accept the decisions of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He said if the government wanted to move ahead then it would have to take back its decision on hike in the prices of petroleum products.

Later, the two parties staged a token walk-out from the House.