Islamabad - Sunday witnessed bizarre scenes in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with some motorists stranded in middle of way as their cars ran out of petrol, some pushing their cars on road and some begging carrying bottles in their hands to fetch petrol as people continued to bear the brunt of fuel shortage.

In fact motorists and those who needed fuel roamed the streets in Rawalpindi-Islamabad searching for Pakistan State Oil (PSO)-run petrol stations as the rest of fuel stations had exhausted their petrol stock and had displayed sign boards inscribed with words, “No Petrol”.

Sunday being a public holiday is usually marked in Islamabad with festivities, shopping, social gatherings and other recreational activities, however, this weekend, the commercial markets posed a deserted look as most of public and private transport remained off the road due to want of fuel.

Motorists were observed stranded in middle of the road as they ran short of petrol thus pushing their cars to a nearby petrol stations. But only few petrol stations in the federal capital were offering the fuel after standing in long queues and it took hours to avail the chance.

Owners of vehicles who had parked their cars alongside the road after running short of petrol took cabs to reach petrol stations and fetch the fuel in bottles.

But their miseries aggravated after they were denied the request as according to the rules of civil administration, it is illegal to fetch petrol in a bottle from petrol stations.

 “I have parked my car 10 kilometers away. I came here on a taxi to take petrol in bottle and you say that sale of petrol in bottle is forbidden. Don’t teach me law,” a customer reacted when he was shown a letter of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration by a manager of fuel station in H-8 sector that read that sale of petrol in bottle is forbidden. And those motorists who would find a chance to fuel their tanks would ask the fillers to fill the tanks to maximum capacities fearing that the crisis may not come to an end very soon.

Cars were observed on Islamabad Highway with hazards lights on which indicated that the vehicles have run out of petrol.

These kinds of scenes were common on roads of the twin cities.

 Even the ambulances on Sunday waited for hours for turns to fill the tanks although the attendants of patients were observed making requests for giving them special favours but the motorists who already had spent hours for their turns, would not allow anybody to avail the opportunity out of turn. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday met Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and discussed the problems being faced by people in the wake of the petrol crisis and has convened special meeting on Monday for resolving the issue at the earliest.