Imran Khan not concerned over people’s issues, hiked prices of life-saving medicines: Pak opposition – News Vibe24

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    Islamabad: The Pakistani opposition Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz party has condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan for pursuing anti-popular policies and said the government has raised the price of life-saving medicines by an average of 50% for the 12th time.
    Pakistan Muslim Nawaz Association (PML-N) spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb said Monday that the prime minister was not worried about inflation, unemployment, rising utility tariffs and rising drug prices.
    “Imran Khan raised the prices of life-saving medicines and now he would say he had done jihad. He should be ashamed of his actions,” he added. “New Pakistan prices for the 12th time,” she said in a statement cited by The News International on Tuesday.
    He added that over the past three years, Imran Khan had raised drug prices by 500 percent, but felt no shame or guilt. He said that Imran Khan gave NRO [deal] to the minister, who was arrested for drug theft and provided full protection to the thief, according to the Pakistani agency.
    On July 15, the government increased the price of gasoline by 5.40 rubles per liter and that of diesel by 2.54 rubles per liter. Kerosene and LDO prices also rose by Rs 1.39 and Rs 1.27, respectively, according to The Express Tribune.
    In addition to gasoline, the price of foodstuffs including sugar, wheat flour has also risen in Pakistan.
    The World Bank (WB) estimates that poverty in Pakistan has risen from 4.4% to 5.4% in 2020, as more than two million people have fallen below the poverty line.
    Using the lower middle-income poverty rate, the World Bank estimated that the poverty rate in Pakistan was 39.3% in 2020-21 and is expected to remain at 39.2% in 2021-22 and may fall to 37.9% by in 2022-23, News International reported.

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