Successive govts trapped nation in IMF loans: Hafiz

Says working class paid Rs264b while Rs 4b were contributed by rich


KARACHI (INP): Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi leader, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, asserted that successive governments, including the PDM, have trapped the nation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans.

He also emphasised that Jamaat-e-Islami’s protest movement against the sharp rise in fuel and electricity prices, as well as inflation, continues nationwide.

The JI Karachi Amir pointed out that these loans were granted by corrupt leaders due to their incompetence and corruption. The working class paid a staggering Rs 264 billion in taxes while Rs 4 billion were contributed by the rich.

Furthermore, Hafiz Naeemur Rahman proposed that by also taxing the feudal class, it would be possible to reduce electricity and petrol prices by half.

Hafiz Naeem has said that his party demands the withdrawal of protocol for the rulers.

“The taxes should also be imposed on the feudalists. The free use of electricity and fuel should be stopped. The masses will merely support the rulers if they stop taking perks.”

Mr Rehman stressed the need for slashing petroleum and power prices, adding that the red-hot inflation should be ended.

He demanded to take stern action against the sugar and flour mafias.

Taking a swipe at Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, Mr Rehman said: “PM Kakar should not befool the nation in line with the inflated prices of power and electricity.”

He was optimistic that the people of Karachi could not be divided on the basis of language.

Protests are currently underway at 15 locations, including Orangi Town, Water Pump Pakistan Highway, Korangi No 5, Korangi Highway, Quaidabad National Highway, etc.

Hafiz Naeemur Rehman also assured that ambulances will be given a clear path during the protests, with Jamaat-e-Islami youth workers facilitating their pass.



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