Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said that the prices of petrol and diesel in Pakistan should at least Rs 50 per litre.
According to the details, Shahbaz Sharif while sharing thoughts with reference to the Labour Day said that keeping in view the importance of this day the government could have relieved the labourers by slashing the petrol and diesel prices a bit more. He also said that due to the recent recession in the oil industry of the world the prices of petrol and diesel should be maximum Rs 50 per litre in the country.
He said that Labour Day could have been a good opportunity for the government to gift a big cut in the petrol and diesel prices to the working class of the country.
He also said that the benefit of price cut in the petroleum prices in the world oil markets was not being provided to the public in the country.
He added that when the prices of petroleum products went down in the oil markets, the government did not purchase the oil at low rates. He said that due to the criminal negligence of the government the public was forced to consume petrol and diesel at high prices that were unjust.
It was inefficient on the part of the government for not being able to buy petroleum products at low prices, he added.
He also said that the government could also announce a cut of fifty per cent or at least one third in the existing prices of gas and electricity to give relief to the labourers on the Labour Day.
He demanded of the government to provide every possible relief to the labourers and daily wagers during the pandemic of coronavirus.
He said that the real change in the society can only be brought by bringing a positive change in the lives of the people belonging to the working class.
Earlier in the month of April, PML-N central leader and former prime minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had also demanded of the government to slash the petrol and diesel prices to Rs 50 that was termed irrational by Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry.
Recent cut in the prices of petroleum products
The government announced to reduce the prices of petroleum products in the country on Thursday due to the slump in the international oil market as an aftereffect of the coronavirus.
The price of petrol, after a cut of Rs 15 was set at Rs 81.58 while the price of diesel was set at Rs 80.10 after a big cut of Rs 27.15. The prices of Kerosene oil and light diesel were set at Rs 47.44 and Rs 47.51 respectively. As per the directives of the government, the new prices have already been implemented in the country. Consumers in Pakistan are showing mixed response over the cut in the prices of petroleum products.