Petrol price in Pakistan jacked up by Rs7.45 per litre

The federal government has jacked up the petrol price in the country by Rs7.45 per litre from Rs258.16 to Rs265.61 for the next fortnight in line with an “increasing trend in the international market”. The Finance Division officially notified the latest prices, which it said had been worked out by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), based on the price variations in the international market. As per the notification, the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) has also been increased by Rs9.56 to Rs277.45 per litre. The new fuel prices will come into effect from July 1. “The prices of Petroleum products have seen an increasing trend in the international market during the last fortnight,” the official notification read. The changes in fuel prices come for the first time since the announcement of federal budget for fiscal year 2024-25 earlier this month on June 12. The Finance Division stated that there will be no change in the applicable taxes and duties, which will remain at the existing level, as had been notified by the government in the Budget FY25. The government had increased the petroleum development levy (PDL) by Rs10 per litre — from Rs60 to Rs70 — in the budget, further burdening the inflation-hit masses. However, Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb had clarified earlier today that the increased levy on petroleum products was not being imposed immediately, meaning that the PDL remains the same in the latest fuel price review. Earlier, the government had provided a cumulative relief of Rs35 per litre by decreasing the petrol price in the last four fortnightly reviews.