PSO, Shell to Remain Open as PPDA Calls Nationwide Strike

The Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) has called a countrywide strike on November 25, 2021 (tomorrow) by cutting off fuel supplies against “low profit margin”.

According to the details, a spokesperson for the association has said that all petrol pumps across the country will remain closed on Thursday, November 25, 2021 to protest selling fuel at a “low profit margin”.

“We have no choice but to go on strike as the government has failed to meet the November 17 deadline to meet our demands,” the spokesman said, adding that petrol pumps in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) will also remain closed. He said the strike could last for an indefinite period if the government continued to ignore the association’s demands and give it “false consolation”.

PPDA to observe petrol strike on November 25, 2021

However, Baaghi TV has learnt that all Pakistan State Oil (PSO) petrol pumps across the country, which are owned and operated by the company, will remain open and operate as usual. Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has decided to keep its company operative and petrol pumps open during the strike, PSO said.

To view the list of all PSO COCO outlets, visit the link: https://psopk.com/files/quick_links/list_of_cocos.pdf

Baaghi TV has recently learnt that Shell Pakistan has also announced to boycott the nationwide strike of Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) saying that all Company Operated petrol pumps will remain open.

“We are not part of the strike call by the Petroleum Dealers Association on 25th November 2021. Shell Pakistan would like to inform you that all our Company Operated retail sites will remain open to serve you,” said Shell Pakistan on their official website.

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This is the second time the association has called for a strike in three weeks. They made a similar announcement on November 5, 2021, but withdrew after the government team agreed to increase the margin on sales of petroleum products by 6% in a few days.

The meeting also agreed to form a committee headed by Secretary Petroleum Dr. Arshad Mahmood to ensure implementation of the agreement in the next 10 days with the approval of the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) and the Federal Cabinet. However, no progress has been made since then.

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PPDA Chairman Abdul Sami Khan said that petroleum dealers are in trouble due to high cost of business and low margins. He said that the government guarantees a margin of only 2% on the sale of fuel oil in view of increase in electricity rates. “We demand the government to revoke the licenses of our petrol pumps,” he said.

“With the revocation of the license, about 50% of the petrol pumps will be closed permanently because no one will re-apply for the license,” he added.

He demanded immediate increase in the ex-depot price in the margins of HSD and MS dealers without imposing burden on the common man and without increasing the prices of petroleum products.

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