KARACHI: A lawyer has filed a petition challenging the increase in prices of petroleum products notified by Ogra (the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority).
Moulvi Iqbal Haider advocate moved the Sindh High Court, pleading it to declare the increase as illegal and without justification. The petitioner maintains that the national economy is already under pressure and the average person cannot cope with the increasingly expensive essential commodities.
The petitioner submitted that an increase in POL prices should not be allowed unless approved by the National Assembly. He cited the Federation of Pakistan, ministry of petroleum and Ogra as respondents and urged the court to direct the government to undo the notification.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing after the winter vacation, ending on Jan 9. The petitioner wants Ogra to place before parliament its formula or criteria for increasing or decreasing POL prices and for it to follow the decision taken by the house of elected representatives.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2011.
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