Deadline of 10 days to the government
The All-Pakistan Oil Tankers Association( APOTA) has given a deadline of 10 days to the government to either withdraw the recent fuel price hike or increase fares reasonably.
otherwise thousands of oil tankers would observe strike by blocking off the installations of all oil marketing companies.
Chairman APOTA Haji Akran Durrani, during a press conference, threatened the government that fuel supply to ships, aeroplanes and petroleum stations would completely be stopped as a mark of protest.
He said due to huge increase in diesel prices and the high inflation level, it had become impossible to run oil tankers. He said countrywide protests were being observed but the government was least bothered.
Durrani added the government even did not pay the compensation of 110 oil tankers which were burnt at the time of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
He alleged that the traffic police, the special police and the personnel of excise department had made the lives of transporters miserable by demanding extortion money day and night and by adopting bullying tactics in areas of Interior Sindh like Jacobabad and Shikarpur.
On the other hand, he said, the government had failed to provide security to the transporter, adding that kidnapping cases had become routine, especially on the National Highway to Link Road, Northern Bypass, Superhighway, Hub Chowki to Quetta and in Southern Punjab.
He said the kidnappers hijack the tankers and either kill the drivers and cleaners or gag them and take the oil tankers away.
Source: The News Pakistan