MULTAN - The unavailability of petroleum products for the last four consecutive days plunged the citizens and farmers into a difficult situation as the farmers could not water their crops while the citizens were seen pushing their motorbikes and cars at many spots.

Chairman Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) South Punjab Ch Abdul Majeed confirmed the reports and claimed that the petroleum dealers faced serious shortage of petrol and diesel due to suspension of supply from oil marketing companies (OMCs). He claimed that the supply of petroleum products by OMCs went down by almost 50 percent in Multan. He further pointed out that the OMCs raised the prices of lubricants by 100 per cent during last six months as the rate of per litre oil went up to Rs120 from Rs 60.

According to details, the supply of petroleum products remained suspended for four days due to the holidays of Eidul Fitr. Long queues of tractors and motorcycles were seen at the company operated filling stations. President of Punjab Farmers Association (PFA) Peerzada Abdul Ali Zakir Usmani said that farmers of Southern Punjab could not irrigate their fields due to non-availability of diesel to run their tubewells nor their tractors could operate. He said that PSO and other oil companies should have supplied sufficient quantity of petroleum products in advance before Eidul Fitr. He demanded an inquiry into the negligence of concerned oil companies who had created troubles for the growers as well as common man.