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.
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