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Petrol price to remain unchanged in Pakistan

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  • Finance Division says decision taken in line with PM Imran Khan’s last fortnightly review.
  • Decision would mean that the government will bear the additional burden of Rs30 billion for the fortnight.
  • Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced slashing the petrol and diesel price by Rs10 per litre.

In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision, the Finance Division announced in its fortnightly review that petrol prices would remain unchanged throughout the country. 

“In line with the decision of the prime minister in the last fortnightly review, the petroleum product prices to remain unchanged despite abnormal price increase in the international market,” said a statement issued by the Finance Division.

The statement added that decision would mean that the government will bear the additional burden of Rs30 billion for the fortnight (March 16-31, 2022).

ProductNew Prices w.e.f. 16-03-2022New Prices w.e.f. 01-04-2022 Increase / (-) Decrease 
MS (Petrol) 149.86149.860
High Speed Diesel (HSD) 144.15 144.150
Kerosene (SKO) 125.56125.560
Light Diesel Oil 118.31 118.310

Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced slashing the petrol and diesel price by Rs10 per litre.

At the outset of his speech, PM Imran Khan had announced that everybody was of the view that increasing commodity and oil prices were a temporary phenomenon; however, in line with the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the government realised that prices would not fall in the international market.

Criticising the Opposition for hurling unnecessary allegations at the PTI-led government, the PM had asked them to come forward with solutions to address the petrol issue.

PM Imran Khan further had said that since Pakistan imports petrol, if the prices increase in the international market, there is nothing the government could do.

Sharing details of petrol prices in other countries, the premier had said that “in Pakistan, the price of petrol is still the lowest in the world.”

Among 190 countries, Pakistan stands at number 25 in terms of lowest petrol and diesel prices,” he had said.

The premier had further added that in Pakistan, the price of petrol is Rs160 per litre, while the price of petrol in India is Rs260, Rs185 in Bangladesh and Rs 200 in Turkey.

“If the government stops providing subsidies worth Rs70 billion, every worth then the price of petrol in Pakistan would have been Rs220 per litre,” he had said.

The premier further said that he received a summary from the Oil and Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to increase charges by Rs10 per litre keeping in view the price hike in the international market.

“In order to provide relief to the people, I want to announce that instead of increasing the price of petrol and diesel we are reducing it by Rs10 per litre,” he had said.

The premier had further announced that the prices would not be increased until the next budget, which is scheduled in June.

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The inaugural flight of Azerbaijan Airlines is between Baku and Karachi.

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The national airline of Azerbaijan launched direct flights from Baku to Karachi today. There will be two weekly flights on this route, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The first flight will land in Karachi, and Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Khazar Farhadov, will be there to greet it.

This evening also marks the departure of the inaugural flight from Karachi to Baku, in addition to the arrival of the flight from Baku.

Azerbaijan Airlines said last month that it would be growing its network and flight operations in Pakistan.

Aviation insiders have verified that Azerbaijan Airlines is preparing to launch service to Karachi in the coming month of April.

In addition to its current services in Islamabad and Lahore, the airline plans to launch its Karachi route on April 18, with the inaugural flight anticipated to depart on that date.

Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to operate flights on the Karachi route, according to sources within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Following a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to extend its operations in Pakistan.

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Fly Jinnah opens a new route internationally.

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Two weekly flights will be the starting frequency of the new route, which will connect the two cities.

According to a representative for Fly Jinnah, the company is pleased to announce the opening of a third international route from Islamabad to Muscat, the capital city of Oman, marking another significant milestone after the successful debut of flights from Islamabad and Lahore to Sharjah.

According to him, this development is in line with our goal of giving our clients more options for reasonably priced, value-driven local and international air travel.

The airline serves five main cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta. Its fleet consists of five Airbus A320 aircraft, all of which are contemporary.

In addition to the current flight path to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, this new route expands Fly Jinnah’s network of foreign destinations.

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Tajir Dost app: traders don’t seem interested in registering

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To tax retailers in Pakistan, the Tajir Dost app was released. The sources stated that the government hopes to tax 3.5 million merchants through the app.

Ajmal Baloch, the president of All-Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, stated that he made reservations with FBR on the SRO within a week.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), according to him, cannot be a “Tajir Dost” because of its unethical actions.

Baloch believed that since electricity bills allow traders to pay a predetermined advance income tax, further taxes are unnecessary.

The trader, according to him, is already paying thirteen different kinds of taxes on the commercial meter. “A trader already pays between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 in taxes annually, but you are requesting Rs. 1,200 per month in taxes.”

Mr. Ajmal summoned representatives of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to a meeting with the trade associations to talk about the indirect taxes that the merchants are paying.

Additionally, he claimed that FBR officers are charging the traders, the majority of whom are less educated, “monthly charges.”

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