CNG stations strike continues on 5th day

KARACHI: The prolonged CNG strike of country’s history entered its fifth day on Sunday, with fuel gas stations closed across the country in protest against the proposed tax surcharge. Petroleum dealers also came up to add fuel to the miseries of masses, announcing to join hands with CNG dealers in their strike. Petroleum Dealers Association official Khawaja Atif announced during a press conference in Lahore that that petrol pumps will be shut from Monday. “This decision has been announced in response to the demands made by CNG association not being met.” He said that they may call for a strike if their demands have not been met by Monday.  The CNG Association declined to terminate the ongoing strike until their demands are granted as gas stations in Miseries of citizens in Punjab are multiplied as there is no fuel gas for last six days owing to the scheduled three-day weekly closure of the gas followed by the fresh strike. Report say petrol pumping stations are also closed in several cities including Islamabad and Lahore owing to the fuel shortage, with protest demonstrations in several cities. Keeping in view the apprehended criticality in future, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) decided to purchase additional 35,000 tones of petrol. CNG filling satiations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh also remained closed on Sunday due to the strike. Sindh CNG dealers have called off their protest strike; however, it is now being observed under government’s load management schedule. The CNG supply will resume on Monday.