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Oil tankers association ends strike, oil supply resumes

27 July 2017

Due to this, majority of the fuel stations have closed down and long queues could be observed at the stations which did have some fuel left.

Tourists who had thronged Gilgit-Baltistan and surrounding areas were reported stranded owing to the fuel shortage as well as the halt in public transport vehicles, locals said.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday has sought recommendations from Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for tackling substandard oil tankers without affecting the countrywide fuel supply. The association members decided not to supply oil to fuel stations in protest for an indefinite period until their demands were met.

The report further said the Oil Tankers Association does not want to use tankers having good quality, and only 40 percent of them meet the standards.

After late night consultations with the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), the government on Tuesday chose to offer a major relaxation to oil transporters in terms of an extended schedule for compliance with safety standards for transportation of oil products.

Meanwhile the APOTA has refused to comply with the government's orders and continues to hold the strike until the time an agreement is reached between both parties.

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Today's talks proved successful as the government assured the APOTA that it would remove oil transporters' concerns and eventually the association agreed to end its strike.

"The latest attack took place this morning, in which the tanker driver suffered gunshot injuries", Naseem Aftab, a spokesman for Pakistan State Oil, told Reuters, adding that three of the company's tankers had been targeted. More than two hundred people had lost their lives just a day before Eid in the tragic incident.

While talking to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqaab Abbasi on telephone, Rafique further said we can not support strike culture. "We will not allow it".

Pakistan's safety regulator suspected oil marketing companies were backing the strike and would "expose" the firms, its spokesman said.

Customers rushed to petrol stations on main roads to fill up their tanks before fuel ran out.

Oil tankers association ends strike, oil supply resumes