U.S. against reversal of fuel price hike in Pakistan: State Department

09:21, January 07, 2011      

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The U.S. State Department on Thursday suggested its opposition to the Pakistani government's reversal of a fuel price hike because of political pressure.

"Well, that is our belief and that is our position. I'm not going to weigh in to Pakistani domestic politics, but we believe that these reforms, though difficult, are necessary," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner, when a reporter asked him if the reversal is "a bad thing."

The United States believed that Pakistan needs to undertake difficult economic reforms that are going to require "some pain, frankly, politically," Toner said.

A Pakistani key coalition partner, Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) or United National Movement, decided on Sunday to part ways with the government of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, citing an increase in the petroleum prices as one of the main reasons.

The MQM decision had reduced the government's parliamentary majority to minority, and the prime minister had been under pressure to prove majority in the parliament.

Gilani on Thursday announced the decision to reverse the fuel price hike in order to avoid a political crisis.

Source: Xinhua

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