KARACHI: Oil tanker operators went on a strike on Thursday demanding reduction in just recently boosted keeping tax obligation (WHT)and also 50 per cent share in supply of petroleum products from the oil marketing companies of the White Oil Pipeline (WOP).
Hundreds of oil tankers were seen parked at an oil terminal in Shireen Jinnah Colony after drivers put on hold the supply of petroleum products across the country.
All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Organization (APOTOA) spokesperson Israr Ahmed Shinwari claimed the government had actually recently increased income and WHT to 3.5 pc which was “absolutely unacceptable”. He even more claimed that drivers were demanding 50pc supply share from the oil advertising and marketing business in WOP which carries imported oil from Port Qasim to Pak-Arab Refinery.
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“Otherwise, some 15,000 oil tankers would certainly continue to be parked and unmoved,” he stated. When inquired about the possible effect of the strike, he alerted that it could cause lack of oil products at fuel pumps.
“Generally, the gas stations enjoy stock of 2 to 3 days,” the APOTOA representative stated. “If the authorities do not pay heed and also the strike continues, the influence of our protest would certainly begin emerging. We made use of every legal discussion forum as well as spoke every concerned official however we weren’t heard. We were entrusted to no alternative to go for this severe step. We are under double bordered sword. On one hand the government has boosted the tax obligations and on the other, the oil advertising business are providing 60pc of their diesel with the pipe.