Labour Party Pakistan starts Inkaar Tehreek
People of Lahore not to pay the new bus
Despite heavy raining, LPP activists
gathered in front of a private bus stand at Railway Station Lahore area
to protest the recent raise in Lahore bus fares. They appealed to the
people of Lahore not to pay the revised bus fares. They demanded an
immediate withdrawal of the increased oil prices. Many travelers joined
the very live demonstration and agreed with the demand.
Addressing here at a press conference,
Farooq Tariq spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan announced the beginning
of Inkaar Tehreek (no movement). He said that the decision to increase
minimum bus fare from Rupees 10 to Rs. 13 was unilaterally taken by the
representatives of the bus companies and the Punjab government. Most of
the private bus companies’ owners belong to Muslim League Nawaz and the
PMLN is ruling Punjab. There was no representative of the ordinary
citizens of “Lahorites” to defend their case.
Farooq Tariq said that this accord is not
accepted by us and we will do our best to fail it. He said Labour Party
Pakistan activists will travel by bus will not pay the new fares and
they will not allow anyone to disembark them. They will only pay the
fare that was agreed before 6 February 2010. Farooq Tariq appealed to
Lahorites to rise up and say “no” to new bus fares. He said we can take
on the government successfully; the government has acted under the
unnecessary pressures of the transporters and bus companies.
Farooq Tariq said that the minimum fare in
Karachi, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan are Rupees 10. Why Lahorites
has to pay Rupees 13? This will not go on and this unjust fare rise will
be met by our resistance at every bus in Lahore, he declared. Farooq
Tariq said that future course of action will be announced after a
meeting on Wednesday.