Petrol pumps to remain closed on Nov 25 across Pakistan in protest


ISLAMABAD – Commuters may face a shortage of fuel across the country as All Pakistan Petrol Pumps Dealers Association announced to observe strike on November 25 against the government for not increasing the dealers’ margin.

The association said that the government had failed to raise the margin by 6 percent, adding that no negotiations will be held until the demands are met.

Earlier, the dealers had announced to launch a protest on November 5 but they called off it on November 3 after Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar assured them of increased their margins on the sale of petroleum products.

As the government failed to meet the demand, the association said that delaying tactics were being used by authorities in the matter.

Meanwhile, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in a statement said that filling stations working under it will remain open to serve the public.

After the protest was announced, Hammad Azhar took to Twitter and said that efforts were being made to resolve the issue.

“We are in touch with petroleum dealers association. A summary regarding revision of their margins has already been tabled in ECC and a decision will be taken in its next session,” he wrote.

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