In a surprise move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday visited different markets in the federal capital, asking people about the relief that his government had given following frequent cuts in the prices of petroleum products. The Prime Minister, who often spends his weekends in Lahore, was however spotted in capital on Sunday. The Prime Minister drove off to Aabpara market and G-10 Markaz where he personally inquired from people about the prices of essential commodities.
People however greeted him with complaints, telling him that there had been no relief in prices of daily use item despite a highly significant decline in the prices of petroleum products. They requested the premier to tighten the noose around the city administration that is doing little or nothing to help translate oil relief into a meaningful reduction in the prices of essential commodities
The Prime Minister assured the masses that he would take strict measures so that the impact of reduction in POL prices could benefit them in an effective and meaningful manner. The people also complained about the never-ending gas and power load-shedding as well as the reluctance of transporters to reduce fares.
Nawaz Sharif promised that he would take all-out efforts to resolve the issue of load-shedding. “We’ll overcome the electricity shortage during our government’s tenure while the issue of gas crisis will be resolved within two years,” he declared.
The Prime Minister said his government was making efforts towards solving people’s problems. According to him, his government has been taking practical steps towards creating new job opportunities in the country.
“I’ve come here to personally look into the impacts of government measures like the decrease in petroleum prices,” he told shopkeepers and consumers, adding he was cognisant of the problems being faced by the masses due to electricity and gsd load-shedding.
He said that in the last few months, petrol price had been reduced from Rs107 to Rs70 per liter and its impacts are being passed on to the masses in the shape of a visible price reduction in the rates of edible items.
The Prime Minister, earlier, mingled with consumers to counter check the prices of the daily items, as he inquired about the prices of fruit, vegetables and other essential commodities in the food markets. On the occasion, he also directed the authorities concerned to take steps for s further reduction in the prices of items.
Traders of the Aabpara market and G-10 Markaz also shared their problems with the Prime Minister who later instructed the party’s Member National from the Federal Capital Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry to address their problems.
He also asked traders to share their problems with the concerned officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) who would visit them in the next few days.
By Ali Hussain