PTI MNA Asad Umar's statement (02 Nov,2015)The Government is placing an unprecedented burden on the citizens and crushing economic activity and growth by massive increase in indirect taxation particularly on petroleum products. Reacting sharply to the announcement of increase in prices of petrol and diesel by the finance minister, the head of PTI, policy and media Asad Umar said that there is no justification for this price increase.He said in the first four months of this fiscal year the international price of oil has declined by approximately 25% while the Govt has only passed on a relief of less than 4% in diesel prices which means that the benefit of more than 20% drop in oil prices has been pocketed by the Govt which is gross injustice to the citizens , farmers and businesses who are already struggling in extremely challenging economic conditions. If the Govt had passed on the full benefit of the drop in oil prices since beginning of the current fiscal year the price of diesel would be ten rupees a liter less than announced by the govt yesterday and if we apply the GST rate which was prevalent when the PML N govt took power the price of diesel would be almost 18 rupees a liter lower than set by the Govt right now.Umar said this massive increase in taxation for a basic commodity like dieseland petrol is equivalent of economic terrorism on the people of Pakistan. It should be noted that diesel is the fuel used in buses and mini buses used by the low income citizens , by farmers to run their tube wells and by small businesses to run generators because of the continuing massive load shedding.It is all the more deplorable being done by the Govt of PML N whose leader Mian nawaz sharif campaigned on the promise of reducing taxation and making Pakistan a low income tax haven like Hong kong. He said PTI will not only oppose this increase in the media and in the national assembly but will also demonstrate against it on the streets if the Govt did not take back the increase in tax on petroleum products that it had levied since coming to power without any approval of the national assembly.