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Criticism on petroleum prices hike raises ruckus in Senate

ISLAMABAD: A noisy scene witnessed in Senate session on Monday when an opposition senator criticized the government over recent hike in petroleum prices, ARY News reported.

Senator Javed Abbasi in his speech vehemently criticizing the government said the government has dropped a petrol bomb over the people in the form petroleum prices hike. The government should explain why it has increased the prices to such an extent, he said.

The speech was responded with noisy protests from the treasury benches. “Senator Javed Abbasi always disturbs the house proceedings with his antics,” Leader of the House Senator Shibli Faraz retorted.

The opposition senators staged walkout from the house over the remarks of the PTI’s key senator.

Moreover, the opposition has submitted a ‘notice inviting attention’ in National Assembly Secretariat raising the issue of recent hike in petroleum prices announced by the government.

The opposition motion signed by the key parliamentarians from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party have demanded an urgent debate in the house over hike in prices of including petrol, kerosene oil and other petroleum products.

The notice inviting attention was signed by the parliamentary leader of PML-N Khawaja Muhammad Asif, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb and PPP’s Shazia Marri.

The notice has been submitted to the Secretary National Assembly under Rule-88 of the house.

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