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Friday, April 1, 2011

Raise in petroleum prices beyond govt control: PM

ISLAMABAD, April 01 : Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Oil and Gas Development Authority (OGRA), not the government, has raised the petroleum prices and the government is considering giving subsidy on the oil prices.

Addressing the Senate on Friday, the prime minister said he has asked the finance minister to resolve the issue of petroleum prices after consolations with the political leadership.

He said the oil prices are on the rise in the international market which is not in the control of the Pakistani government.

Condemning the terrorist attacks on JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the premier said joint efforts were needed to curb the menace of terrorism and extremism.

He said three ministers have been included in the federal cabinet from the upper house and the Senator members were also given opportunity to visit India to watch the cricket match.

The prime minister said after coming into power, he tried his best to remove the sense of deprivation of Baloch people and brought out the Baloch leaders from jails so that they could take active part in the national politics. He said he also ensured provision of electricity to all the hospitals in Balochistan and give employment to 5,000 Baloch youths.

About the defeat of Pakistani cricket team at the hands of India, the prime minister said that the team played really well despite criticism. "Pakistan and India should come out of war phobia now and concentrate of masses problems," he said. He said Pakistan is prepared to discuss all issues with India.

He said for the first time Afghanistan has admitted that Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing the common enemy, which is a positive sign.

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