ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Petroleum Minister Omar Ayub claimed the other day – while leaving the Peshawar High Court PHC) after a hearing on the fuel shortage ‑‑ that the gasoline crisis will be over in the next three days following action against petroleum hoarders.
Omar said this was the first time that action was being taken against “this mafia.” He the demand for petrol had surged by 30%.
The minister’s claims notwithstanding, a reduction in the prices of petroleum products from the beginning of June hasn’t gone down well with petroleum product (petrol and diesel etc) retailers and petrol pumps *gas stations) began turning people away, saying they didn’t have petrol (gasoline) but they did have diesel.
That differentiation was made because the price of diesel hadn’t been decreased. The public complained of a shortage of petrol at pumps across the country.