Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on Saturday predicted another Rs30 per litre rise in tariffs of petroleum products.

“IMF might not be satisfied with the current hike [in petroleum products]. [The government] might also have to give a tough budget as well,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.

Mustafa, whose party is also a part of the coalition government, criticised the government’s handling of the economic crisis. “The theory goes roughly like this: Let’s do what the IMF says, give a tough budget & we’ll give relief to the public next year, then we’ll happily head to elections. Sure but how certain are we that boys will let us reach that finish line,” wrote the PPP leader, in a reference to the establishment.


The statement came days after the government increased the petroleum products rates by Rs30 per litre, or up to one-fourth of their existing prices, paving the way for reaching a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund by June 12.

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