Come & explain the petroleum price hike


Lahore High Court Chief Justice Azmat Saeed on Tuesday issued notices to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority and federal government on a petition against the recent increase in petroleum prices for April 24.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Mohammad and Ahmad, a public interest litigation company, contending that recent increase in petroleum prices on the last Sunday without any justification was sheer violation of article 23, 13, 15, 9, 24 and 3 of the constitution.
Pleading his case petitioner counsel Azhar Siddique submitted that recent increase in prices of petroleum products by OGRA was a violation of fundamental rights of people and a contempt of court as well because a case on against earlier increase in prices was already pending before court and ignoring the case the petroleum rates were raised again by OGRA.
The petitioner said the government enhanced price of petroleum products after short intervals which caused price hike of other items and that was unjust to the people.
He stated that a petition was pending in which he had prayed that the government should be directed to give details about the method of determination for revising the petroleum products regarding cost of production and cost of supply including charging of different levies, duties and taxes and further disbursement of above collections to the different heads. He further prayed that the petitioner may be directed to supply with the audited accounts of all the respondents connected with the production and supply of the petroleum products specifying the details of category-wise with complete profit and loss accounts through certified audited accounts.
He stated that the government had not provided details in his earlier petition and now had again increased the prices. He requested that government should provide the details of the all increases, which were carried out during their tenure. He also requested to issue a stay order against the recent increase in prices.