The recent hike in petroleum prices has been met with public outcry, with many stating that the significant increase in petrol prices has severely impacted the common man, as transporters have raised fares just ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. This rise in oil product prices is also expected to have repercussions on the cost of daily commodities, particularly kitchen items.

The Statistical Department of Pakistan has reported that people were already facing 44.6 per cent inflation, and the weekly report showed that this figure was expected to increase further with the recent hike in petroleum prices. The price of petrol has been raised to Rs282 per litre, while high-speed diesel and light diesel oil rates will remain stable at Rs293 per litre and Rs174.68 per litre, respectively. However, kerosene oil has seen an increase of Rs5.78 per litre, with its price now standing at Rs186.07 per litre.

Long route transporters have increased fares by 10 to 20 per cent per ticket, while freight services charges have risen by 30 per cent. Over 70 per cent of people have started to travel to their native towns to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their families, and they have protested against the sitting government for the fresh increase in petroleum prices. The business community has also warned of a new wave of inflation, and the Pakistan Oil Tankers Association and All Pakistan Truck and Trailer Association have rejected the hike in petroleum product prices.


Local transporters have also increased fares without permission, claiming that there is no government in the country. However, the District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) Secretary has stated that they have started a crackdown against transporters who are overcharging passengers. The senior representatives of the trader’s community have also rejected the present hike in petroleum prices and have advised political parties to work together to boost the country’s economy.

The All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) has stated that they are facing difficulties due to the government’s wrong policies and have decided to start a revolution after Eid-ul-Fitr against the wrong government policies. Wagon owners and drivers have protested at the termination points of their routes, while public transport operators in the Rawalpindi division will be meeting to discuss the situation. In summary, transporters, traders, and the general public have strongly reacted to the recent increase in fuel prices.