PPP, PTI, traders announce protests against power tariff hike

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and various traders’ organizations have reacted strongly to the increase in power tariff announced by the government.

Government Monday through a notification announced Rs 5 per unit raise in the electricity tariff.

President PPP Amin Fahim Monday said it was an anti-people step that would make survival difficult for the poor masses.

“Govt of the rich cares only about the rich and has nothing to do with the poor people,” Fahim said.

He said PPP would lodge strong protest in the National Assembly and would also hold demonstrations across the country.

Former Punjab Finance Minister and PPP leader Tanvir Ashraf Qaira said electricity at the rate of Rs 16 per unit was unaffordable and unacceptable.

He said PPP would hold protest rallies against the new tariff throughout Punjab.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has also termed the new electricity rates as brutality against masses.

“What PPP government did in five years, PML-N has done in four months,” the PTI spokesman said.

PTI would stage protest rallies to demand withdrawal of increase in the electricity rates, he said.

MQM has also rejected the hike in electricity rates.
Meanwhile, Chairman All Karachi Traders Ittehad has said that government wanted to electrocute people to death, adding the step would cause unimaginable inflation in every sector.

It would be impossible to run businesses with such high electricity rates, he said.