ISLAMABAD - Petrol crisis emerged in the country after the announcement of decrease in petroleum prices by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, media reported on Sunday.

According to reports, most of the petrol pumps in Punjab witnessed long queues of vehicles due to shortage of fuel whereas some of the pumps were closed for sale.

More than half of the pumps in Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar were shut down after the price reduction announcement while in Pishin the petrol was being sold at old prices.

In Sargodha, the administration registered a case against 13 petrol pump owners and arrested at least 12 people for creating fake shortage of petrol in the metropolis.

Shortage of petrol irked motorists in various cities across the country making the lives of already suffering masses more miserable. An acute shortage of petrol was witnessed in various cities.

Majority of the petrol pumps in provincial capital Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar and several cities of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) remained closed excusing non availability of stock while queues spreading over miles were seen on PSO filling stations selling petrol.

Complaints of selling petrol on old prices were also received from the cities and rural areas which were out of sight of district administrations and price control committees.

People hailing from different cities said that reduction in prices of petroleum products had served as a curse for them instead of relief. They lashed at government officials for not implementing announcement of the prime minister, besides ensuring availability of the essential items.

The people were of the opinion that whenever price of any commodity was slashed its shortage emerged and they had to suffer instead of getting any relief from the decrease in prices.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday announced reduction in prices of petroleum products effective from Sunday (yesterday).

Petrol price has been reduced by Rs 7.99 per litre  whereas the price of high-octane has been cut down by Rs 11.83 per litre .

Price of kerosene oil Rs 10.48 per litre, high-speed diesel Rs 5.62 per litre and light diesel has been reduced by Rs 9.56 per litre .

Meanwhile, Ministry of Petroleum on Sunday rejected reports that there was any shortage of petrol in the country.

In a statement, a spokesperson of the ministry said that 14,728 metric tons of petrol was supplied to the petrol pumps by noon on Sunday.     

The spokesperson said average consumption of the petrol in the country was 12,000 metric tons daily.

He said oil companies had stock of 90,000 metric tons of petrol.

He further said that 32,000 metric ton of additional petrol was being off-loaded at Karachi Seaport.

He said 11 more ships carrying 3,50,000 metric ton of petrol will reach Pakistan during this month.        

He said demand and supply of the commodity was being monitored round the clock.

The spokesman assured that action would be taken against petrol pumps that were closed on Sunday.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that Pakistan was selling petrol at the cheapest price in the world.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the government had transferred the maximum benefits of reduction in crude oil prices in the international market to the masses.