After Modi government slashes fuel tariffs, Imran Khan praises India for ‘not giving in to US pressure’

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has praised India for buying Russian oil at a discount despite US pressure after the Center announced an excise duty cut on petrol and diesel prices.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed India’s foreign policy after the Center slashed excise duties on petrol and diesel prices on Saturday. (File photo)

After the Center reduced excise duties on petrol and diesel prices, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed India’s decision to buy Russian oil at a reduced rate. He said India had bought Russian oil at a discount to relieve the masses despite pressure from the United States.

“Despite being part of the Quad, India came under pressure from the US and bought discounted Russian oil to relieve the masses,” Imran Khan said on Twitter.

He added that his government in Pakistan was also working to achieve this. “That’s what our government was trying to achieve with the help of an independent foreign policy,” Khan said.

Imran Khan has criticized the current Pakistan Muslim League (N)-led government for “running like a headless chicken with the economy in freefall”.

He said that “Mir Jafars and Mir Sadiqs” gave in to outside pressure forcing regime change in Pakistan and accused them of “running like a headless chicken with the economy in free fall”.

Imran Khan’s reaction came after the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi slashed the price of petrol by Rs 9.5 per liter and diesel by Rs 7 per litre.

On May 21, the Center reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 8 and Rs 6 per liter respectively. Taking to Twitter, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “This (excise duty reduction) will have a revenue implication of around Rs one lakh crore/year for the government.”

With the reduction in excise tax, petrol will now cost Rs 95.91 per liter while diesel will cost Rs 89.67 per liter in Delhi from May 22.

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