Opposition parties unite in protest against hike in power, oil prices

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties on Tuesday submitted separate adjournment motions in both houses of the Parliament, seeking debate on government’s move to increase electricity and oil prices.

On Monday, the government issued notifications, increasing electricity tariff by 30 percent for domestic consumers and raising petroleum prices by up to Rs5.57 per litre.

In their motions, PPP, PTI and MQM argued that the surge was equal to dropping a bomb on public and that it would lead to high inflation.

The resolutions called for immediate withdrawal of the price hike and hold a debate on this important issue in the parliament.

Senator Raza Rabbani warned that his party would launch agitation if the government did not withdraw its decision.