Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the record decrease in petroleum prices is a historical step by the government, adding that it has proved to be public friendly.

The government has given a grand and direly needed financial relief to the nation by reducing POL prices to a great extant twice in a month. Talking to the party workers at PML-N House Sialkot on Sunday, he added that the masses will soon bear the fruits of the price reduction, saying that the government’s effective and positive policies were meeting with great success and the fruits of these policies were now reaching at the grassroots level in the country.

Later, talking to newsmen, he said that the price reduction was a humble present to the masses by the government, and that it was fulfilling its all the political promises gradually, putting the country on the highway to the economic and political stability. He said that the larger scale reduction would give maximum financial relief to the people, and help control the price hike.

To a question, he said that it was journey to national development and prosperity, and vowed that the government would continue the journey by leaving behind all the darkness. He added that the continuity of government’s policies was vital for national political and economic stability in the county.

The federal minister strongly criticised political elements allegedly busy in spreading the negative politics of conflict in the country, saying that they were not accepting the persisting democratic political system while remaining in the system. Earlier, he held an open court and listened to public problems and issued orders on various applications for their early solutions.

On the other side, the motorists suffered great ordeal in getting fuel as most of the filling stations in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Chawinda, Badiana, Pasrur and surrounding areas refused to sell petrol and diesel on the reduced prices. They displayed placards regarding non-availability of the petrol and diesel there.

The sale of these commodities remained suspended at most of the filing stations, after the reasonable reduction in their prices. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed in and around the filing stations seeking petrol due to non-availability of the CNG. They expressed grave concern over the critical situation and urged the government to ensure availability of POL products.