ISLAMABAD - The increase in petroleum products prices, with the start of new year 2018, will give another opportunity to the joint opposition to strongly register their protest against the embattled government in the National Assembly's first session of new year.

The increase in the prices of all petroleum products will put extra burden of Rs4.06 per litre on all Pakistanis. The new petrol price is now Rs81.53 per litre. The government on the last day of 2017 (on Sunday) made a significant increase in the prices of all the petroleum products for January.

PPP-P, in this regard, has also submitted a call-attention notice seeking attention of the government (Minister of Petroleum) about the recent step to put 'extra burden on already encumbered population'.

They claimed, in the calling attention notice, that the prices of these products in Pakistan are already high as compared to the international market.

PPP's lawmakers Naveed Qamar, Shazia Marri and Nafeesa Shah submitted the call-attention notice under 88 rules and procedure of conduct in the National Assembly Secretariat.

The High Speed Diesel (HSD), with an increase of Rs3.96, will now be available at Rs89.91 a litre.  The price of Light Diesel Oil (LDO) has been increased by Rs6.25, taking it up from Rs52.12 to Rs58.37 per litre. Similarly, kerosene oil price has been increased by Rs6.79 per litre, taking it up from Rs57.58 to Rs64.30 per litre.

The government is expected to claim that petrol prices are still lower in Pakistan as compared to other countries. As, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail has reportedly said that prices of petroleum prices are lower in Pakistan as compared to other regional countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Turkey.

The new NA session is expected to meet by the next week of January to discuss other issues, including recently submitted resignations of PML-N. The government side may summon the upcoming NA session after resolving the 'Fata reforms issue'.

The opposition lawmakers might also seek the current year (2017) performance of the government's ministries and government's stance on recent statement of US president. The opposition parties can also submit a requisition in the National Assembly Secretariat if the house was not summoned by the government on its tentative schedule dates.

The government in last 50th National Assembly session, despite nine consecutive days boycott of joint opposition, avoided legislation on Fata Reforms Bill. The session of NA was prorogued two weeks before.