- Title: Fuel runs short as Pakistan oil tanker strike enters third day
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: MAN READING NEWSPAPER (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) KARACHI RESIDENT, HASAN MOINUDDIN, SAYING: "We are very concerned since this petrol strike began yesterday because we have to go to our offices, and unless there is petrol, we will not be able to attend work. The government and these people should sit down and negotiate to end this petrol strike." DESERTED PETROL PUMP MAN ON MOTORCYCLE LEAVING CLOSED PETROL STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) KARACHI RESIDENT, MOHAMMAD SAKIB, SAYING: "Petrol is not available, which is very worrisome. We are hearing news on TV about a strike by the petrol people. The government should resolve the problems of these petrol people, so that ordinary people are not inconvenienced like this." KARACHI, PAKISTAN (JULY 26, 2017) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DESERTED PETROL STATION SIGN ON FENCE READING (Urdu): "PETROL IS FINISHED"
- Embargoed: 9th August 2017 06:11
- Keywords: fuel strike Pakistan fuel strike fuel tank operations gas stations in Pakistan
- Location: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- City: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036RCSPJ9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A nationwide strike by fuel tank operators in Pakistan entered its third day on Wednesday (July 26) leaving many petrol pumps high and dry.
The transporters are protesting the introduction of stringent new safety rules by government regulators after the explosion of an overturned tanker of petrol killed more than 200 people several weeks ago.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) says the regulations regarding the condition of the vehicles are in the public interest as they are intended to safeguard lives, but the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association (APOTA) is insisting they cannot be implemented at such short notice.
People started buying up fuel later on Monday (July 24) after hearing that negotiations between the APOTA and OGRA were unsuccessful. Many petrol pumps were already facing shortages by Tuesday (July 25), with city residents calling for the government to resolve the problems as soon as possible.
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