LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from the federal government and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority on an application challenging the recent increase in petroleum prices.

Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed ordered the respondents to file the reply till April 24.

Muhammad and Ahmad, a public interest litigation firm, filed a civil miscellaneous application in a pending matter seeking details of the method of determining for revising petroleum products prices.

Petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique arguing before the court submitted that the respondents had neither replied nor provided details requested by the petitioner and increased prices of petroleum again through a notification on Sunday.

He contended that the increase in petroleum prices without any justification was a clear violation of fundamental rights as provided in the Constitution, therefore, the act was void in terms of Article 8 of the Constitution.

The petitioner requested for directions to the government and Ogra for providing details and reasoning for the increase in petroleum prices..