Govt invites oil tankers body for talks
The strike announced by the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Contractors Association (APOTCA) entered the second day on Friday as the APOTCA stopped the petroleum products supply all over the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Sources told 24News that the federal government invited Oil Tankers Association later today to discuss the matter.
The members of the oil tankers association, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority and government officials would attend the meeting.
It is pertinent to mention here that the petroleum situation all over the country and especially in Karachi is getting worse.
All Pakistan Petroleum Retailer Association leader Shoaib Khan has called upon the higher authorities of Sui Southern Gas to immediately reopen CNG stations in the best interest of the people. If CNG stations remain closed, then it will create chaos in the country, Shoaib added.
The oil tanker associations were divided over the issue of a countrywide strike as the Oil Tanker Owners Association announced its non-participation in the strike on Thursday.
The APOTCA wants a 50% quota in White Oil Pipeline seeking an even division in the supply of petroleum products, 50% by roads and 50% through the pipeline. The OMCs were supplying 60% diesel supply using pipeline and 40% via roads.
The other demand of the APOTCA includes a cut in the tax rate on oil transportation and fixation of queue structure from the current 3% to 2%.