ISLAMABAD  – The citizens have expressed anguish and grave concerns over the sale of POL products at increased rates despite reversal of decision by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).

It should be mentioned here that on Feb 28, POL prices were revised with a remarkable increase but on Saturday on directives of Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf the fuel prices were decreased to previous level.

OGRA has issued official notification to reduce prices at last month’s level, yet fuel stations are not ready to provide petrol and other fuel on previous rates excusing that the stock was bought on new prices and they haven’t received the notification.

The citizens blamed that although new raised prices have been cancelled but the fuel stations have not reduced prices to last month’s level and they are still charging new prices.

They urged the authorities concerned to enforce new reversed prices of the POL products and take strict action against the violators.

After reversal of new prices, now petrol price has come down from Rs106.60 to previous level at Rs103.70 per liter, kerosene oil from Rs103.69 to Rs99.90, hi-speed diesel from Rs113.56 to Rs109.21 per liter, and light diesel from Rs98.26 to Rs94.33 per liter.

According to media repots, the petroleum products continued to be sold at elevated rates (at Rs 106. 60) on Saturday across the country, including the twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad despite the Prime Minister directives to keep the prices unchanged. The concerned authorities of oil and gas regulatory authority (OGRA) said that PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had given verbal order, adding that a notification to decrease the prices of petrol as soon as the Prime Minister issue a written directive.