‘Use less fuel’: Pakistan minister's advise amid price hike sparks row

Pakistan Minister Shibli Faraz says government has to subsidize essentials like food items and that poor people are priority. 
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 17 Feb 2022, 01:11 PM
Employees at a fuel station wait for customers in Islamabad. (AFP)
Employees at a fuel station wait for customers in Islamabad. (AFP)
Employees at a fuel station wait for customers in Islamabad. (AFP)
Employees at a fuel station wait for customers in Islamabad.

Pakistan recently hiked price of petrol and diesel to record levels, fueling a massive outrage against the decision from political rivals and people at large. What further infuriated many was Shibli Faraz's advise to ‘use petrol sparingly.’

Faraz, the Minister of Science and Technology in the Imran Khan-led government, advised people to use fuel sparingly. “To the extend possible, please use less fuel. Life cannot remain normal. When you don't have resources, how many things can you subsidize?" he was quoted as saying by Pakistan's Geo TV News. “The government is subsidizing food items. Our first priority are poor people. They  need help."

Trending Cars

Find More Cars

Faraz also pointed the finger at the rising rate of per barrel crude in the international market.

But most Pakistani people continue to attack the government and believe that hike in petrol and diesel rates will impact inflation and that the working class in the country would be especially hit.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

Petrol prices in Pakistan were hiked to 159.86 (approximately 68) while per litre high-speed diesel is now at around Pakistani Rupees 154.15 per litre (approximately 65.63). 

First Published Date: 17 Feb 2022, 01:11 PM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city