The inflation crisis in the country has been exacerbated by an artificial fuel shortage in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Petrol and diesel supplies have been cut off at several pumps for two days.

Petrol pump owners were only supplying petrol of Rs250 for motorcycles and Rs500 for a car. Dealers and pump owners are causing the shortage in order to make extra profit when fuel prices are announced to increase. During the day, 60 per cent of pumps have ceased supplying fuel, rising to 80 per cent at night until midnight. The dealers and owners are waiting for the government to announce a fuel price hike until midnight.

In response to the fuel shortage, Rawalpindi’s Deputy Commissioner, Shoaib Ali, has ordered assistant commissioners to take immediate action against petrol pumps for not supplying fuel. Despite previous fines, notices, and applications for FIRs against Oil Marketing Companies, the government has been unable to control the artificial petrol crisis in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and across the country. There is speculation that the government will raise fuel prices by Rs20 to Rs30 per liter, leading to over 60 per cent of dealers and pump owners halting supply for two days to increase profits. Despite having tanks filled with petrol, they have stopped supply.



Assistant Commissioner Syed Asad Abbas informed The News that the DC has ordered strict action against petrol pump owners for causing an artificial fuel shortage for two days. The AC has begun taking action, including sealing pumps and filing FIRs against them. Residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have reported a lack of fuel at several petrol pumps for two days, with long lines of motorists observed at Pakistan State Oil (PSO) pumps while other pumps were not providing fuel.

Motorists were seen frantically searching for fuel as it was unavailable at many petrol pumps in areas such as Tipu Road, Murree Road, Jhanda Chichi, Kutcherry Chowk, Adiala Road, Pirwadhai, Mall Road Saddar, Rawal Road, Jhelum Road, and others. The long lines of vehicles at petrol pumps also caused traffic congestion throughout the city.

Petrol pump managers, speaking to The News on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that fuel supply had been cut off, with some blaming unknown reasons for the shortage. They warned that if the supply did not resume, motorists could experience severe fuel shortages in the future. Taxi drivers, who rely on daily earnings to support their families, were particularly affected by the situation and expressed strong criticism of the government for failing to provide basic services to the public.