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Petrol Pumps in Punjab Run Out of Fuel Sooner Than Expected

Due to insufficient imports and local availability of petrol and high-speed diesel, the country appears to be facing a fuel shortage crisis ahead of schedule.

Many petrol stations in Punjab’s major and minor cities, particularly Lahore, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad, have seen the worst of it, with little to no supply of petrol for several days, most likely due to a squeezed supply from the oil marketing companies (OMCs).

According to Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association Secretary Khawaja Atif, approximately 70 of the total 450 pumps in Lahore are dry, while 70 percent of the pumps in Gujranwala are without petrol due to OMC shortages. According to Atif, pumps in Faisalabad, Okara, Sahiwal, and other smaller districts have been without gasoline for several days.

Meanwhile, Musadik Malik, Minister of State for Petroleum, has denied reports of a fuel shortage, claiming that there is enough gasoline and diesel for the next 20 days. He threatened to revoke petrol station owners’ licenses if they were caught rationing fuel supply.

The Oil Tankers Contractors Association (OTCA) has requested an urgent meeting with the Petroleum Division to discuss the Oil Tankers Association’s share of the White Oil Pipeline.

The meeting will take place today (8 February) to discuss the aforementioned issue.

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