Oil Tankers Association goes on countrywide strike

Oil Tankers Association goes on countrywide strike

Oil Tankers Association goes on countrywide strike

Fuel stations across the country shut down after supply was halted when the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association (APOTA) went on a strike against the government's "unfair" practices.

He said the supply of petrol and diesel to all filling stations in the country will start today at 4pm.

Chairman Yousuf Shahwani, All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owner Association told this to media. The meeting was presided over by Secretary Petroleum and was attended by Chairperson OGRA and representatives of Oil Tankers and OMCs.

While talking to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqaab Abbasi on telephone, Rafique further said we can not support strike culture.

During the court proceeding, the regulatory body apprised the court that only 1,500 oil tankers were up to the mark while rest of 9,500 tankers did not meet the quality standards.

Since then, authorities have imposed fines on tankers they claim are not fit to transport oil.

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Separately, Ogra spokesman Imran Ghaznavi accused the oil companies of working behind the oil tanker strike, adding that they would not be allowed to hide behind tankers for a long time and would be exposed soon.

"People are buying extra, as more people came to the station to fill the tank, and it seems as if the stock of petrol will be finished by night time", he said.

The tanker owners were protesting police corruption and a government move to improve safety following a fuel tanker disaster last month, when a tanker explosion killed more than 200 people in one of the worst accidents in coutry's history. He said two-axle tankers had been used for the transportation of 40,000 litres of petrol. "I don't want to face a hard time just because I don't have fuel in my vehicle".

But the bribes continually demanded by motorway, traffic and excise police can prove ruinous, said Shamas Shiwani, vice-chairman of the All-Pakistan Tankers Association.

The regulator chose to implement the safety rules after the horrific incident in Ahmedpur East, which claimed lives of over 200 people.

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