LAHORE: While the PTI, JI and different labour unions are out on streets to protest against the recent hike in power rates, the main Opposition party, the PPP, has not joined the agitation as yet despite announcement to do so.
Like other parties in the Opposition, the PPP had also declared to launch a country wide protest movement from October 2nd to pressurise the government to take back the notification. Upon contact, different party cadres said they were totally clueless about any such decision. “We have not received any instructions as yet from the party high command to hold demonstrations to agitate the issue.”they said.
In a telephonic conversation with The Nation on September 30th, PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa had affirmed that his party would start peaceful protests across the country from October 2nd.–Reporter
When contacted again on Wednesday, the PPP Secretary General said that he was going to chair a party meeting on October 3 at Lahore to chalk out a strategy on giving a call to the party organisations to start peaceful agitation in all the four provinces.
He further said he would direct all provincial Presidents to lead protest rallies and burn electricity bills as a mark of protest against the massive raise in power rates.
He also said that PPP workers would not resort to violence during the protest campaign. “We would not repeat the history of PML-N which had incited the protesters to set the government property on fire during demostrations against loadshedding in the PPP tenure”, he said.