The general public and motorists in various cities of Punjab faced with severe hardships due to strike of filling stations to press the government accept their demand for raising their commission.

The filling station owners in different cities including Sargodha, Multan, Khanewal, Khushab, Bhakkar, Jhang, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Sahiwal and others observed a complete shutdown, causing enormous difficulties for the masses.

Due to unavailability of fuel public and private transport remained very thin and dozens of people including women, elderly people, students, labourers, public servants and employees of private offices were seen at long queues of vehicles at filling stations.

The strike added to the miseries of the public already experiencing nightmare due to suspension of CNG supply by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to filling stations and industrial sector of the province for indefinite period from Tuesday.

The petrol dealers and black marketers exploited the situation in their favour by selling petrol and diesel at higher rates than the fixed by the authorities concerned.

Private transporters also remained busy in looting the citizens by charging exorbitant fares.

The citizens expressed grave concerns over the prevailing situation and demanded the provincial and federal governments for mending the situation.

They also warned of holding province wide protests against the petrol pump owners and hoarders if authorities failed to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, in Toba Tek Singh, filling stations owners observed strike with the demand to raise their per litre commission. As a result passengers faced hardships as there was shortage of transport on roads. Petrol was being sold by those who had stocked in drums at Rs200 to Rs300 per litre.

Meanwhile, in Hafizabad, the filling station owners continued strike on the second day, causing a lot of hardship and inconvenience to the transporters and owners of private vehicles.

However, the illegal petroleum agencies owners sold petrol at Rs150 to 200 per litre.

The administration failed to convince the filling station owners to call off their uncalled-for strike which is deplorable.

The owners of filling station are hell-bent to continue their strike till the acceptance of their demands which included stoppage of imposing heavy fines by the administration, abolition of so-called illegal petroleum agencies and increase in the commission by the petroleum companies.