Energy minister asks petrol pump owners to call off strike

Web Desk BOL News

25th Nov, 2021. 01:14 pm
Hammad Azhar

Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar. Image: File

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar on Thursday asked owners of petrol pumps to revisit their decision of strike viewing the difficulties being faced by the people.

In a statement, Hammad Azhar assured petrol pump owners that their genuine demands would be accepted. On the demand of Petroleum Dealers Association, a summary has already been forwarded to the Economic Coordination Committee regarding the increase in their profit margins, he added.

He said decision on the matter would be taken in the next meeting of the committee but stressed that illegitimate demands would not be accepted.

Read more: OGRA takes serious notice of disrupted oil supply at petrol pumps

Petrol pump owners across the country have gone on strike in protest, demanding an increase in their profit margin. The Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) has demanded from the government to increase the ratio of profitability for petrol pump owners to six per cent.

The PPDA secretary said they had postponed the strike on November 5, after assurance of the government, however, the government did not contact them after that.

Only state fuelling stations are functioning and long queues of are seen outside the petrol pumps.

On the other hand, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has said that it was cooperating with oil marketing companies in ensuring an uninterrupted supply of petroleum products.