Stringent action to be taken against those behind artificial fuel shortage: Omar Ayub

Federal Minister for Energy – Omar Ayub, has warned of strict action to be taken against those behind the artificial fuel shortage in the country.

Speaking at the National Assembly session on Monday, Omar Ayub reassured the parliament and public that the country has enough oil reserves for 10 days, which will be followed by another fuel shipment.

He reaffirmed that there is no fuel shortage in Pakistan, and said that the current fuel shortage being faced by the public is an artificial one created by those who seek to profit by controlling the demand and supply in the country.

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“Unfortunately, some people thought of profiteering during this time and hatched up a plan to increase their profit. They created a shortage in different pockets,” he noted.

Furthermore, the federal minister revealed that he had been in contact with oil marketing companies, refineries, and OGRA, and they have assured unhindered and sufficient supply of fuel across the country.

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In addition to it, Omar Ayub stated that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been tasked to monitor the stocks of oil refineries and oil marketing companies. He also said that provincial chief secretaries, commissioners and deputy commissioners have been instructed to take strict actions against fuel stations who fail to provide their services despite having sufficient stock and that such fuel stations will be sealed and that their licenses will be cancelled.