The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distributor Action Committee has announced an indefinite shutter-down strike against the unnecessary crackdown of police officials on LPG distributors. As per details, LPG dealers, who supply fuel worth Rs20-25 million per day in Karachi alone were arrested for involvement in the business, alleging they were selling explosive material in the city.
“LPG plants, which number around 15-20 in Karachi including those being run by companies listed at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), had to shut down when not a single distributor reached them to collect supplies,” LPG Action Committee Chairman Ishaq Khan told the local news channel.
“If LPG distributors and dealers are selling prohibited explosives, then the crackdown should have been launched nationwide, which is not the case. Karachi is the only city where police are harassing us,” he said. Elaborating, he said police had launched the crackdown on those selling explosive material, betel leaf and betel nuts in the city and counted LPG distributors and dealers among those involved in the business of prohibited goods.
Earlier, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)had issued a price-revision notification regarding LPG for the month of July. According to the notification, the authority decreased the locally-produced LPG price by Rs68.47 per 11.8kg cylinder. After the revised prices, the cylinder was being sold in the open market at Rs1,330.92, as against Rs1,399.39 in June.