Minister of State for Petroleum, Musadik Malik, announced on Sunday that Pakistan will receive its first-ever shipment of low-cost oil from Russia next month, which is expected to benefit the general public.

In an interview with a private news channel, the minister confirmed that the government had finalised a deal with Russian authorities following successful dialogues. The shipment is expected to arrive in May via cargo. The minister also ensured that the government will pass on the cost savings to consumers.

Regarding power and gas tariffs, Malik stated that the government is planning to introduce different tariffs for the poor and elite classes. He stated that the government has already made progress in this regard and hopes to issue separate billing for the underprivileged and elite class. The new tariff structure is expected to provide relief to the poor segment of society.


Last month, officials from the Petroleum Division had disclosed that Pakistan was in talks with Russia to procure crude oil at around $50 per barrel, which is $10 per barrel lower than the price cap imposed by the G7 countries on oil imports from Russia due to its conflict with Ukraine.

The officials had shared that Moscow was keen on completing all the prerequisites, such as the mode of payment, shipping cost with premium, and insurance cost, before signing the agreement with Pakistan.