Petroleum dealers in Pakistan are expressing their dissatisfaction with the government due to its failure to fulfill its promise of increasing their profits. They had requested a higher compensation for their services, and the government had given its commitment in written form, but this commitment remains unfulfilled.
Abdul Sami Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, is growing increasingly frustrated as the government missed the September 1st deadline for implementing the agreed-upon changes. He has pointed out that operating their filling stations with the current profit margin have become challenging as operational costs continue to rise.
Sami Khan has issued a warning that they may be forced to close their stations if the government doesn’t take action to address this issue. Earlier in July, these dealers had contemplated shutting down their stations as a form of protest. However, they decided against it after receiving assurances from the State Minister for Petroleum at the time, Musadik Malik. Given that the problem remains unresolved, they are now revisiting the idea of shutting down their operations once more. Initially, they had wanted a profit margin of 5%, which would equate to Rs12 per liter at the current fuel prices.