LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani living in their cozy palaces were rubbing salt on the wounds of the masses by promising them relief in the days to come. In a press statement issued here Tuesday, he said the POL prices were being raised every month under IMF dictation which had made life of the people miserable and the citizens had already been forced to come on roads against raise in transport fares. Baloch regretted that the PM had instructed provincial governments to seek approval from the assemblies for 16 per cent value added tax on different items before March 28 next. This simply meant that the PM was befooling the masses, he added. He said that trade deficit and inflation were on the rise because of heavy foreign loans that had crippled the countrys economy. The shortfall of electricity had crossed 5000 MW, forcing industries to close down and ending up in massive unemployment. He counseled the government to refrain from imposing 16 per cent value added tax and instead cut down prices of POL and eatables in the public interest.