LAHORE - Pakistan State Oil (PSO) MD Irfan Qureshi has said that petrol supply across the country would become normal within the next two days, as concrete steps have been taken for smooth supply of petroleum. While addressing a Press conference, PSO MD stated that the petroleum crisis was started due to the shut down of Pak Arab Refinery Company (PARCO), damages of road networks after heavy floods across the country, Eid holidays and the tense situation in Karachi from where the imported oil is being supplied to refineries. He said that after a suspension of 43 days, the PARCO started its operation on Monday and it would start 100 percent production on Wednesday after that the supplies would be carried out normally across the country. He added that PSO was the only oil supplier of the country which has stepped ahead to tend the needs of its customers throughout the country in a situation where its other competitors halted their operations. Irfan Qureshi said that PSO has enough reserve stocks to meet the needs of the country during any kind of crises. Due to closure of PARCO after floods, we foresaw a rocky road ahead and three vessels were imported out of which two have been discharged MD highlighted. He said that after the floods, the PARCO had to suspend its operations for 43 days and in addition to this CNG loadshedding increased the burden of petroleum consumption at the PSO outlets causing a heavy shortfall of petrol across the country especially in Punjab. Irfan Qureshi claimed that PSO carried on with operations at all its locations round the clock to address the shortage and supplied 50,000 MTs of its 48pc share in Punjab out of the total needs of 1,10,000 MTs across the province. We have saved the country from the dead shortfall and put our supplies across the country intact he observed. While replying to a question, Irfan Qureshi said that the PSO took action on the public complaints and conducted a survey but no proof was found regarding the hoarding of petrol in Punjab. He added that the OGRA had the sole authority to take action against any type of irregularities in sale of petroleum products across the country. To another question, he said that PSO planned to construct more oil reservoirs in other localities of the country with a cost of up to Rs10b to meet such crises in future.