The country appears to have experienced a fuel shortage issue earlier than anticipated due to insufficient imports and the availability of petrol and high-speed diesel locally.
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Many petrol stations in Punjab’s major and smaller cities, particularly in Lahore, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad, where many petrol stations have had little to no fuel supply for several days, have yet to experience the worst of it. This is most likely a result of pressure on oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase their supply.
About 70 of the 450 pumps in Lahore are empty, according to Khawaja Atif, secretary of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, and 70% of the pumps in Gujranwala are running low on fuel due to OMC shortages. In addition to other smaller cities, Atif informed a national newspaper that there was no petrol in Faisalabad, Okara, Sahiwal, and other nearby towns.
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The minister of state for petroleum, Musadik Malik, has refuted rumors of a fuel shortage and declared that there will be enough petrol and diesel for the ensuing 20 days. He warned that licenses would be revoked for gas station owners who were found to be limiting fuel supply.
Relevantly, the Oil Tankers Contractors Association (OTCA) has requested an urgent meeting with the Petroleum Division to talk about their ownership stake in the White Oil Pipeline.
A meeting will be held to discuss the aforementioned topic today, February 8.