MNA’s walk-out of Assembly, irked by soaring fuel prices

ISLAMABAD: In protest against the abnormal fuel-price-hike, the main opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a walk out of Friday’s session of National Assembly.

At the commencement of session, legislators from different political parties chanted slogans and protested against the increase of about four per cent in the prices of petrol and other petroleum products for March.

The price of petrol has been increased by Rs3.53 per litre (3.42 per cent) to Rs106.60, that of high speed diesel by Rs4.35 (3.99 per cent) to Rs113.56, kerosene by Rs3.75 (3.76 per cent) to Rs103.69 and light diesel by Rs3.93 (4.2 per cent) to Rs98.25.

The decision for the price hike was announced Thursday following consultations among the companies, the petroleum ministry and the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).

Lawmakers also chanted slogans against NEPRA during the NA session. State Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi complained that WAPDA had over 18,000 employees, who astonishingly avail free monthly electricity.

The National Assembly was subsequently adjourned to 5pm on Monday.