Karachi, ANI. ,A Pakistan-based petroleum dealers’ body has called for a nationwide strike on November 25 to protest against selling fuel at ‘low profit margins’. A Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) spokesperson confirmed that the strike will be held on November 25 and all petrol pumps across the country will remain closed. This is the second strike by the association in less than three weeks, The News International reported.

“We have no option but to go on strike as the government has failed to meet the November 17 deadline to meet our demands,” News International quoted a PPDA spokesperson as saying. The spokesman said the strike could be extended if the government kept on making false promises.

As reported by The News International, the PPDA had announced a strike on November 5, which they called off as the Pakistan government had assured them to increase the margin on the sale of petroleum products to 6 per cent within a few days. In addition, a committee under the chairmanship of Petroleum Secretary Dr Arshad Mahmood was to be set up to guarantee the execution of the agreement within ten days through approval from the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and the federal cabinet.

Notably, no further action was taken to implement what the government had promised and hence the resultant strike by the PPDA. PPDA President Abdul Sami Khan said at a press conference held at Karachi Press Club on November 3, “Petrol dealers have always fought with financial trouble due to low margin of return by levying high cost.”

He further said that the government guarantees only two per cent margin on the sale of fuel oil in view of rising electricity rates, The News International reported. “We demand the government to cancel the licenses of our petrol pumps. Around 50 per cent of the petrol pumps will be permanently closed with the licences cancelled. No one will apply for acquisition again.

Edited By: Nitin Arora