KARACHI: Commuters were seen queued outside fuel filling stations on Monday evening amid speculations of petrol shortage in the metropolis.
According to Shabbir Sulemanji, the president of the All Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, almost thirty percent of petrol stations had already shut down as they ran out of supplies following an unexpected and sudden spike in buying.
Dealers said that petrol pumps had been shut down in areas including Clifton, Defence, New Karachi, and the old city areas. Sulemanji said widespread rumours caused consumers to buy in panic.
He called upon Karachi citizens to buy only as much fuel for their vehicles as required. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Pakistan State Oil (PSO), said that petrol supply to fuel stations had not been reduced.