Multan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday organized a rally in Multan city led by Senator Malik Rafiq Rajwana, Sheiukh Tariq Rasheed MNA, Haji Ehsan-uddin Qureshi Punjab Minister for housing and Auqaf and others.
The demonstrators were shouting slogans against the government and burnt tyres.
Addressing the demo the PML-N leaders said the recent hike in the POL prices was unjust and it would bring more inflation to the country. They said it was the worst injustice done by the present rulers with the poor people of the country.
They said the rulers had failed to deliver, adding, the president and the prime minister were enjoying foreign tours on the expenses of national exchequer but the masses were facing hardships in the country. They said if the government did not change its behavior the masses would take to streets and launch a countrywide agitation against the government.
Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and other political parties also staged demonstrations in the city. They expressed its grave concern over the sharp increase in POL prices saying it was gross injustice to the people of the country. They demanded of the government to take back the increase in the POL prices immediately.
They said that instead of burdening the public by raising the POL prices, non-development expenditure should be slashed.
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi denounced the increase in CNG and POL products and said government was pursuing anti-people policies. He said the decision had hit the common people hard.
All Pakistan Bed-sheet & Upholstery Manufacturers Association (APBUMA) chairman Syed Muhammad Aasim Shah said at a time when the State Bank of Pakistan had admitted that climate in Pakistan was not conducive to investment, the government was taking such cruel and anti-industry decisions to halt the business activities by jacking up the input cost like the massive increase in petroleum products prices.