CNG Associtation and transporters of Pakistan were on strike from last two days against the CNG Prices hike and unavailability of CNG fuel due to so called load Management plan, which was causing outage of CNG fuel for transporters for half week.
Now, negotiation between CNG association/transporters and department of Petroleum and Natural Resources have been successful. In turn the CNG Association and transporters have called the strike off. Prices are CNG are not yet reviewed to make a decrease but public transporters will be given CNG fuel in off days of week as well for 8 hours in a day. Also CNG will remain close two full days and 16 additional hours every week.
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Like yesterday, today as well people hit the roads of Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Peshawar. Protests are against the government which committed the act of unnecessarily increasing the CNG prices as well as the off days of CNG filling stations were constantly being increased.
Transporters were also on strike and were on roads due to the fact that they were being denied the relaxation which was given to public transport within the off days of CNG. It was that CNG filling will be allowed few hours daily to serve the needs of public transport only.
As the relaxation of filling hours gone away from the public transporters, they gone on strike and hit the roads, so do the people who couldn’t reach their offices and educational institutions due to the unavailability of public transport. The biggest gathering was at Faizabad Rawalpindi. Protestors in Islamabad and Rawalpindi were shelled with tear gas shells, also were beaten with sticks by police. Also on some places like Faizabad Rawalpindi protestors were hit with rubber bullets.
In Peshawar 15o0 Rickshaw drivers protested against the availability of CNG and increased prices of fuel. Police again used sticks to scatter the protesters.
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Today in Pakistan the transporters were mostly on strike against the recent Rs. 13 per KG increase in CNG price. As well as the CNG filling stations observed the strike all over country. People who in the morning came out of their homes to go to offices, after not finding any public transport ended up gathering in form of protests. They blocked roads and registered their protests against recent CNG price increase by government.
In capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi alone on many many places people registered the protests, the traffic of twin cities was total mess and more than 60% of even those people who own private conveyance were not able to reach work. Availability of fuel was also the issue as from Thursday to Friday in this region the gas (CNG) filling stations normally stay closed and this time these price hikes this time made things worse as people stood against it.
Many believe that corruption of parties in power is increasing the problems of people on epic proportions. Fuel prices are already touching skies and are unaffordable for many already. Recently not only CNG but also the prices of other petroleum products like Gasoline (petrol) and High Octane Diesel were increased.
As prices of everything are dependent and affected by fuel prices, current price increases will make things worse and inflation rates which already are touching skies are believed to further go up into the first earth now.
These price hikes and unavailability of fuel was an eye-opener for people of Pakistan who were thinking optimistically about their fate in 2012 which just started. People also now does not have any expectations from ruling party and their allies. But they wanted to hope that their problems are at least not increase any more but this seems impossible for now.
May Allah Bless Pakistan/people of Pakistan.
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