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PM Shehbaz Sharif rejects proposal to hike petrol price

Motorcyclists filling their fuel tanks at a petrol pump in Hyderabad, on March 1, 2022. — APP
Motorcyclists filling their fuel tanks at a petrol pump in Hyderabad, on March 1, 2022. — APP
  • PM Shehbaz says govt will bear burden of hike in price of petroleum products.
  • "...we cannot further burden the already burdened masses," PM says.
  • OGRA had sent a proposal to increase the price of petrol by Rs21.50.


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday rejected the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority's (OGRA) proposal to hike the prices of petroleum products in the country.

PM Shehbaz, addressing the dinner of the coalition government leaders, said the government rejected the proposal for hiking the prices of petroleum products and vowed to take steps for the people's welfare.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing the dinner of the coalition government leaders at the PM Office in Islamabad, on April 15, 2022. — Twitter/@pmln_org
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing the dinner of the coalition government leaders at the PM Office in Islamabad, on April 15, 2022. — Twitter/@pmln_org

"...we cannot further burden the already burdened masses [...] we will have to address the challenges collectively," the prime minister told the leaders in attendance.

On February 28, former prime minister Imran Khan announced a reduction of Rs10 per litre in petrol and diesel prices and a price freeze till the announcement of the budget for 2022-23.

Earlier, the OGRA had sent a proposal to the Finance Division to increase the price of petrol by Rs21.50 and diesel by Rs51.30 (based on existing/current petroleum levy and GST).

According to the proposal, the OGRA had suggested an increase of Rs83.50 per litre of petrol and Rs119.88 per litre of diesel (based on the federal government’s advised petroleum levy of Rs30 and 17% GST).

Petroleum products rates:

ProductOld Prices w.e.f. 1-04-2022New Prices w.e.f. 16-04-2022 
Increase / (-) Decrease 
MS (Petrol) 
149.86149.860
High-Speed Diesel (HSD) 
144.15 144.150
Kerosene (SKO) 
125.56125.560
Light Diesel Oil 
118.31 118.310

'No country selling petrol cheaper than its original cost'

In a press conference alongside ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi claimed that no country in the world was selling petrol cheaper than its original cost.

PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (right) addressing a press conference alongside ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail in Islamabad, on April 15, 2022. — YouTube/PTVNews
PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (right) addressing a press conference alongside ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail in Islamabad, on April 15, 2022. — YouTube/PTVNews

Abbasi said the incumbent government was facing problems due to the former government's mismanagement as they had set the price of petrol at Rs149, which burdened the national exchequer.

Due to the PTI government's policy of keeping the petroleum products' rates fixed, the remaining Rs35 billion was paid through the national exchequer.

"If the rates are kept the same till June, then the government will have to pay Rs240 billion through its own resources [...] the rates were fixed by PTI to garner cheap publicity," he said, while lashing out at the Imran Khan-led government's to keep the rates fixed till the next budget.

Had PM Shehbaz accepted OGRA's summary, then the rate of petrol would be at Rs265 and diesel Rs235, Abbasi said and noted that the previous government had fixed the rates despite promising the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that they would hike them.