After reducing the price of petrol, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has vowed to provide more relief to the public “as soon as” the government gets an opportunity to do so.

The PM sent out this message a day after announcing a major cut in the prices of petroleum products, passing on the relief of a decline in oil prices in the international market to the masses.

Taking to Twitter, PM Shehbaz said that the coalition government successfully gave the benefit of drop in petroleum products’ prices in the international market to the masses as promised. 

He said that the government would provide relief to the people as soon as “it gets the financial cushion to do so.”

“In line with my commitment to the nation, the coalition government has been swift to transfer the benefit of reduction in oil prices to the masses. We will continue to provide relief as soon as we have financial cushion to do so. I believe in honest conversation with the nation,” he wrote.

In his address to the nation on Thursday night, PM Shehbaz held the previous government responsible for all of the country’s economic woes and expressed the determination of his government to put it on the path of economic development and prosperity in the next 14 months.

The premier said that the government would focus on three vital areas of the economy: agriculture, information technology (IT) and export-based industries.

He said a few months ago, when his government assumed responsibility, it inherited an economy in tatters.

Inflation was at its “highest” and oil price in the international market was “touching the sky”, he said, adding that the former government of Imran Khan signed an agreement with International Monetary Fund (IMF) with “tough conditions” and then before its ouster, “violated the agreement and laid landmines for the incoming government”.

The government of Imran Khan while suddenly decreasing oil prices “did not make any additional allocation for the reduction in the budget,” he added.

He (Imran) did so “to cause economic difficulties” for the new government, he said.

PM Shehbaz said “with a heavy heart, earlier, we had to raise the price of oil due to a hike in the international market”.

The oil price hike was a burden on the common man but his government had “no other option”.

The prime minister said that there were nations in the world which 25 years back signed their last agreement with the IMF and then they ventured on a new path and stood on their own feet with hard work and put in their sweat and blood.

“I want this to be the last agreement with the IMF and after that, we should move towards self-sufficiency and stand on our own feet with dignity and honour.”


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