Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced that the government is not changing the petrol price in the country for the next fortnight.
He made the announcement while addressing the media in Islamabad on Thursday.
|Product||Existing prices w.e.f 01.06.2023||New prices w.e.f 16.06.2023||Change|
|Light diesel oil||Rs147.68||Rs150.20||+2.52|
Rejecting the media reports regarding fuel prices, Dar said the decision to maintain the fuel prices had been taken in view of international rates.
The finance minister said international crude oil and gas prices had witnessed slight increase in the past few days.
He said the government had cumulatively decreased the diesel and petrol prices by Rs35 and Rs20 in the last 30 days.
The same prices will remain in effect till June 30, he added.
During the last fortnightly review on May 31, The federal government reduced the prices of petroleum products by up to Rs8 per litre.
The price of petrol was reduced to Rs262 per litre after a cut of Rs8 while diesel came down to Rs253 per litre after a reduction of by Rs5.
The government’s announcement comes as it faces increased pressure due to rising petrol prices — which had reached a record of Rs282 per litre earlier this year — and inflation, which is currently the highest in the region.
The recent decline in global oil prices has provided some relief, but the government is still facing difficulty in keeping prices down as the rupee depreciates.