The slowdown in oil shipments has led Pakistan to another energy crisis



People familiar with the matter said on Friday that Pakistan fears another round of fuel shortages as oil transporters protest against the new taxes, disrupting supplies across the country.


Oil tankers are protesting the increase in revenue and toll taxes. In protest of the increase in revenue and toll taxes, the Oil Tankers Association announced that it was suspending fuel supplies nationwide.

Petroleum dealers said fuel stations across the country began to dry up as oil contractors entered on the second day of the strike.

Sami Khan, president of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, said tankers were on strike and were supplying too little fuel to petrol stations.

"Demand was down on Friday due to rain, otherwise most of the fuel stations would have dried up," Khan said. "If this problem is not solved there will be an energy crisis in the country."

People were seen coming to petrol stations, which ran between the lack of dry-lock-driven transport and a significant reduction in domestic oil prices. Normalcy began again when petroleum production prices rose significantly.

Petrol price has been hiked from Rs 25.58 per liter to Rs 100.10 per liter, up from Rs 74.52 per liter above the previous level. The government has hiked the price of high-speed diesel from Rs 80.15 per liter to Rs 211.13 per liter.

Shoaib Ashraf, a spokesman for the Oil Tankers and Contractors Association, said the strike would continue until his demands were met.

"The government has invited us to a meeting on Monday, and we hope the issues will be resolved," Ashraf said.

However, Ashraf said fuel was still available at the station. "Regular dispatch will be restored after we reach an understanding with the authorities," he said.

The association said the authorities would not call the strike only on commitments. "We are going to Islamabad, but the strike will continue until the government agrees to resolve our issues in writing," a statement said.

Khan said it seems that the authorities are not serious about resolving the issue as there have been no discussions or conversations with the shareholders so far.

It was found that more than 7,000 oil tankers did not meet the safety standards notified by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. There are about 11,704 tankers in the country.

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