Karachi (July 26, 2017): The tussle between the government and the oil tankers owners is making the people suffer due to acute shortage of motor fuel that has resulted in shutting down of petrol pump stations all across the country.
The members of All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association suspended transportation of oil on Monday. As the strike entered third day today. The people are running pillar to post in search of fuel to keep themselves mobile.
Most of the petrol pumps who have run out of petroleum remain close all across the country including major cities like federal capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, and Mutan.
There is an immense rush at the petrol pumps still left with stock. Scuffles and fist fights have become a common sights at the petrol pumps where motorists are forced to form a queue and wait for extended time to get their fuel tanks filled.
To lessen the devastating impact of the acute petroleum shortage the CNG pumping stations nationwide were ordered open even if scheduled to remain close today.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Railways has offered transporting oil by rail to help lessen the crisis.
Meanwhile, talks are underway between federal Minister Petroleum Shahid Khaqan abbasi and the representatives of the Association in Islamabad again. The yesterday’s talks turned out to be futile because the oil tankers owners insisted on not obeying the safety rules as directed by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).
President of All Pakistan Tankers Owners Association Yusuf Shahwani and president of Oil Tankers Contractors Association Babar Ismail are present at the talks.
Minister Transport Sindh Nasir Shah has asked the oil tankers owners to call of the strike.
Meanwhile, at Karachi port where hundreds of oil tankers are standing idle the protesting oil tankers drivers were having a merry go round dancing away on the tunes of music.