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Strike by oil tanker owners causes fuel shortage in Pakistan

Strike by oil tanker owners causes fuel shortage in Pakistan

Strike by oil tanker owners causes fuel shortage in Pakistan

When contacted, All Pakistan Oil Tanker Association Chairman Aslam Khan Niazi said the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority's (Ogra) demands were not acceptable to oil tanker owners, as companies pay less for transport and they could not meet all safety measures. Petrol stations in some areas, such as on Haider Road and Jhelum Road and in Pirwadhai were closed and people could be seen searching for fuel in the city.

On the other hand, Ogra suspected the oil marketing companies for orchestrating the strike through oil tankers owners and pledged not to compromise on safety standards. The association members announced the strike for an indefinite period of time and it will remain in place till their demands are met by the government.

He said that the Ogra officials had suddenly awakened up and demanded enhancing number of axils from two to three of oil tankers.

Sources said that during the talks held in Islamabad today, the government and the association reached a consensus to form a committee to resolve problems faced by the APOTA.

"Our talks with government have failed and the strike will go on", APOTA chairman Yousuf Shahwani said after attending the meeting co-chaired by the secretary petroleum and the Ogra chairperson. Meanwhile, the OGRA also accused OMC of playing behind the scene and supporting the oil tanker strike. The deceased included villagers and passers-by, who had gathered to collect oil leaking from the tanker.

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While talking to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqaab Abbasi on telephone, Rafique further said we can not support strike culture.

'We will not allow this blackmailing, ' OGRA spokesman Imran Ghazanvi told a news conference.

Besides the regulations, representatives of the oil tanker association were critical of the National Highway Authority's (NHA) police treatment, alleging them of highhandedness.

Petrol stations in the Punjabi city of Multan had mostly exhausted stocks, media said, while Peshawar and other cities limited the value of fuel purchases to 1,000 rupees ($9.50) per vehicle and 100 rupees per motorbike.

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