Long lines at gas pumps as a petrol scarcity affects Lahore and other Punjab cities

The country’s most populated region, Punjab, is experiencing a fuel shortage due to the ongoing economic crisis

Due to a “restricted supply,” many gas stations across Punjab, including those in the provincial capital Lahore, are running out of fuel during the ongoing economic crisis.

Numerous people from various cities reported that there wasn’t any fuel in the gas stations, however there were long lines at the petrol pumps that only had a small amount of fuel.

The issue persisted as being the worst in crowded cities like Lahore, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad where there has been no or little gasoline supply at gas stations for a few days, ostensibly because of a limited supply from the oil marketing corporations.

In Gujranwala, 60–70% of the fuel stations lacked gasoline, and similar issues affected the populace in Okara, Sahiwal, and other Punjabi cities.

As customers had trouble purchasing the item, a number of trends started to emerge on the microblogging site Twitter, where users aired their frustration about the fuel shortage. Others noted that certain gas outlets had seen instances of panic buying.

Here is how they responded:

Musadik Malik, the minister of state for petroleum, denied reports of a fuel shortage in the midst of the crisis, claiming that there are enough supplies on hand to last for more than three weeks.

As a result of the cash-strapped nation’s decision to impose a general sale tax (GST) on petroleum products as an additional measure, it was previously reported that the federal government is likely to raise the price of gasoline and diesel by Rs30 per litre amid ongoing discussions with the IMF over a bailout package.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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