In a statement released today by PM House, the premier, who has taken serious notice of the fuel shortage, is expected to take important decisions in the meetings. He is also expected to focus on trying to bridge the supply-demand gap.
According to the statement, the prime minister unequivocally said that the public should not suffer and that every measure would be taken to provide relief on an immediate basis.
Six days into a debilitating fuel shortage that has immobilised parts of Punjab, the PM earlier today ordered an inquiry into the crisis and said that officials responsible will be taken to task.
Abbas Haider of media reports that the premier has ordered an inquiry that will probe the role of the Ministry of Petroleum, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Pakistan State Oil (PSO) as well as other private petroleum companies in the acute fuel shortage in the populous province.
Frustrated citizens in Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Sialkot and Multan spent Sunday queuing up at the handful of petrol pumps open in the respective cities, with some saying they had been there overnight without any respite.
“We have been here from 2:30AM last night and still do not have it by Sunday afternoon,” one irked citizen in Lahore said.
“The rate is the same and they are not taking more money than expected but it is taking up to three hours to get petrol,” said another.
“Mian sahab should deliver on the promises made to us.”
In Multan, angry residents perturbed by the government’s incompetence to resolve the crisis protested at Kalma Chowk, shouting anti-government slogans and demanding the resignation of Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Typically a day of leisure, Sunday was spent by residents of Lahore and Faisalabad holding Gerry cans for up to six hours in a queue for petrol.
The shortage of fuel has affected emergency healthcare services and public transporters as ambulances and buses are idle due to a lack of fuel.
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