According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan’s government did not seek advice from the multilateral lender regarding the discounted petrol for the low-income group.

The government’s plan to increase fuel costs for more affluent drivers to pay for a subsidy for those with lower incomes, according to Esther Perez, the IMF’s resident representative for Pakistan, was not discussed with the international lender.

“Fund staff are seeking greater details on the scheme in terms of its operation, cost, targeting, protections against fraud and abuse, and offsetting measures, and will carefully discuss these elements with the authorities,” said Perez.



Earlier, the federal government announced that it would reduce the price of petrol up to Rs100 for motorcycle riders and owners of vehicles up to 800 cc in order to lessen the impact of rising petrol costs on people who are already suffering from inflation. According to Malik, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered that low-income individuals receive petrol subsidies of up to Rs100 per liter instead of Rs50.

Under a comprehensive strategy, cheap petrol will be offered to motorcyclists and owners of vehicles up to 800 cc, while owners of vehicles beyond 800 cc will be charged full price. The minister made it clear that this is not a subsidy but a cross-subsidy.

According to Malik, “the owners of big vehicles will pay more for petrol.” The rich will pay Rs100 more for petrol, while the poor will pay Rs100 less. 210 million people are poor in a population of 220 million, and we stand with poor Pakistanis.”

He said the decision to provide fuel at lesser rates will be implemented within six weeks.