Normal life in the province of Punjab is on dead stop as petrol is not available for which discredit squarely goes to the present government that has failed to ensure the import well in time for distribution in upper parts of the country, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, in a statement issued from here today.
He severely criticized the Defense Minister for his statement in which he said that the situation would improve after a week or so . The criminal negligence of the government officials and their political bosses for delay in the import should be accounted for and those responsible must face the exemplary consequences, he added.
He lamented the statement of the Minister for Petroleum who claimed only yesterday that the situation would be under control within couple of days as two ships carrying one hundred thousands tones of petrol had ducked in the Karachi port. The contradictory statements of two senior Ministers of the cabinet are like rubbing the salt into the wounds of the people, he assailed.
He said the closure of normal life for about ten days due to the non-availability of petrol would cause huge losses to the economy besides putting the one hundred million people of all walks of life of Punjab in great distress.
He observed that the people would not be able to attend their offices and work places and above all who would be responsible for the patients who might lose their lives because the ambulances could not shift them to hospitals due to petrol.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the countries maintain the strategic stock of petrol to meet the emergency situation but it seemed that the security needs of the country were also compromised and people were wondering as how the government would defeat the scourge of extremism and terrorism.
He admonished for his lame explanation of the shortage in which it was stated that the people had started the use of petrol quite liberally as the commodity was cheap now and available at affordable price. People would not travel twice or thrice for the same reason because petrol is cheap, he argued.
He said that the PPP would take on the governments on this goof of the year at all forums to expose the negligence of the government with a view so that consumers must not face the similar situation in future.