Succumbing to pressure: Petroleum price hike expected to be reduced by up to 28%

Finance ministry approves reduction in oil prices, new price of petrol to be Rs103.36 per litre.


Zafar Bhutta April 03, 2012

ISLAMABAD: After facing pressure from political parties, traders and the public at large, the Finance Ministry on Tuesday is expected to approve a a 28 per cent reduction in recent hike of oil prices, of up to Rs2.23 per litre.

In response to a summary moved by the Petroleum Ministry, the Finance Ministry approved a cut of Rs2.23 per litre in the price of petrol, Rs1.16 per litre reduction in High Speed Diesel and Rs1.74 per litre in kerosene oil.

After the reduction in price, the new price of petrol will be Rs103.36 per litre, High Speed Diesel Rs107 per litre and kerosene oil Rs99.95 per litre.

The government also slashed the price of CNG by Rs 1.95 per kilogram, bringing it down from Rs 88.70 per kg to Rs 86.75 per kg  in areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Potohar Region (Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gujarkhan).

In Sindh and Punjab (excluding Potohar Region), the price was reduced by Rs 1.78 per kg, bringing it down from 80.98 per kg to 79.20 per kg.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) will issue notification later tonight, with the new prices due to come into effect on April 4.

The reduction in the prices of petroleum products came after massive countrywide protests launched by political parties, traders, transporters and the public. Earlier in the day, Karachi transporters called for a strike on April 10 to protest against the price hike.

COMMENTS (7)

Critique | 9 years ago | Reply

Can't find any mention of Hi-Octane in the article - talk about a misleading picture too

As for the person above me comparing current prices to those in the Musharraf regime - how ignorant are you? I would personally pick Musharraf over the current government, but you do need to realize oil prices are on the up worldwide. Prices in USA and Canada have risen by 10% in the last month or so - it's just that we don't have a proper public transport system in Pakistan which people can rely on in times like these. Cut down on fuel allowance of ministers and other government officials and use those funds to invest in public transport!

Harry Stone | 9 years ago | Reply

Great news... Print more money inflation will take care of this.

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