KARACHI The Petroleum Dealers Association (PDA) on Monday ended their strike after successful negotiations with the ruling Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). As per reports, the representative body of the petroleum dealers has agreed to end their protest and open their fuel stations after they met with MQM leaders and Sindh ministers. The petroleum dealers went on strike against declining profits, creating severe problems for the Karachiites. Citizens staged a sit-in at different roads and massive traffic jam was seen on roads. An MQM delegation led by Dr Sagheer Ahmed, the provincial health minister, held a meeting with PDA leaders and convinced them to end their protest while assuring them of resolving their problems. Following the successful talks between the two parties, PDA chairman Abdul Sami Khan told the media that they tabled their reservations and demands before the govts representatives who assured them of addressing the genuine issues. Earlier, petrol pumps across the metropolitan were shut on the call of PDA demanding a hike in commission. The filling stations on the Super Highway, National Highway and in many different areas were also closed. The Association threatened that if their demands were not met, they would go on a countrywide strike soon. Presenting their demands before the govt, PDA officials said that rising expenses, sale of smuggled petroleum and diesel and minimum commission have made the business difficult for the dealers. The PDA strike fuelled a protest agitation in different parts of the city, wherein angry people staged demos against non-availability of fuel and attacked pumps in different areas. Police and Rangers baton-charged and tear-gassed the protesters to disperse them. Shahrah-e-Faisal was also blocked by protestors and traffic was suspended. Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and MA Jinnah Road were amongst the worst-hit areas. Scores of people held protests on Monday against non-availability of fuel in Karachi, paralyzing life in the countrys biggest city. People who were waiting in queues at various petrol pumps started protesting against absence of fuel as the pump owners were refusing to serve them until the PDA demand of increasing profit margin was accepted by the government.