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Pakistan Faces Fuel Shortage as Tanker Association Goes on Strike

Pakistan's Fuel Shortage - Causes and Solutions


In a concerning development for Pakistan, the Oil Tankers Association’s decision to halt oil deliveries on Monday has raised the specter of a severe oil shortage. This situation unfolds against the backdrop of already soaring oil prices, exacerbating concerns for consumers across the nation.

Abdul Sami Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA), sounded the alarm, revealing that several petrol pumps in Karachi are rapidly depleting their reserves. In contrast, stations in upcountry regions have, at least for the time being, remained unaffected.

Earlier disruptions reverberated through the petrol and diesel distribution chain, with particular trouble spots emerging at the terminals in Keamari and Port Qasim, Karachi. However, timely intervention by law enforcement agencies managed to restore oil supplies in several regions.

The Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) had previously alerted the oil ministry to the looming supply challenges, emphasizing the gravity of the situation in light of the ongoing tanker strike.

Further complicating matters, Noman Ali Butt, spokesperson for the All Pakistan Oil Contractor Association (Islamabad Region), disclosed that oil deliveries have been temporarily suspended in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gilgit Baltistan, and Kashmir.

Noman emphasized that ongoing discussions with relevant ministries are in progress, with a definitive meeting anticipated in the near future.

The association’s demands include an increase in freight rates, an expansion of their oil pipeline transportation quota from 30 percent to 65 percent, and permission to employ older vehicles for oil distribution. The outcome of these negotiations will be of critical importance in resolving this pressing issue that could have far-reaching consequences for Pakistan’s energy supply.

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