Petrol Strike – Preparation

As karachiites, the one thing we are always ready for is disruption of normal life. Be it strikes, natural calamities or long traffic jams. The same kind of preparation was seen last night where a lot of my fellow city dwellers, like myself, decided to head off the impending disruption of fuel unavailability by filling up their tanks.

I had known about the strike and had thought about getting the tanks filled asap very early in the day. However, daily life intervened and i couldn’t get to a pump till atleast 1 AM. And i was in for a rude shock! Each pump i went to had lines 20 deep! For both CNG as well as Petrol! This one Total pump on Dalmia was so backed up that cars were blocking main road traffic. The same was true for the Shell pump at Askari.

Since i had to get both CNG and petrol, it took me another 1.5 HOURS of standing in line before i could finally head off home. I seriously hope this strike doesn’t go too long, not only because of fuel for cars, but also because a lot of us depend on petrol for our electricity needs as well nowadays.

On a side note, company operated pumps of PSO are like to be open for business, and so is this one PSO pump just off the karsaz flyover.

When did you get your tank filled? And how much time did it take you?

27 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

    Filled up last evening both CNG and Petrol and had to wait for around 10 minutes for CNG 0 minutes for petrol.

  2. udass (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    I tried to reach fuel stations in the night but they were jam packed with cars and motorcycles and also people who were standing in lines to fill their cans. So i cancelled all my next day trips on car. But in morning paper i read that CNG filling stations will remain in operation and they are.

    BUT there is still a rumour that CNG station will stop their operations from tomorrow.

    GOD bless karachi as some clashes do happened last night and i m sensing some holidays :)

  3. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    i think we shud burn all cng and petrol pumps.
    and kill those management persons who are eating comission.

    These all know nothign except money. either halaal or haram.

    They just want to do want they want and dont care abt citizens

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    Such chaos :)

  5. MB (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Aray waah!!!! AAp ke es statement ne toh dil khush kerdia

    “i think we shud burn all cng and petrol pumps.
    and kill those management persons who are eating comission”

    Someone was mentioning in other MANSOOR post about Karachi being educated city ETC. Quitely evidently educated and cultured, i must say. Jala do sab kuch meray dost.

    In a civil society a protest was suppose to be everyones right if its by fair means. And as for you mentioning haraam and halal. Can you bring just 120 businessmen/tajir/dukaandar who are earning halaal ? or anyone else for that matter.

    Hypocrisy has no limits.

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    and what about government which is earning halal
    “petroleum development levy” as much as 50% of the original price..

  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    @MB, every is doing the same
    very little pious ppl left
    many pious are forced to leave theri piety ot other wise they are given threat to kill

    Educated persons are there thats y they are getting sick of such protests . We are living between protests, strikes, killings etc etc etc.

    Also, CAn u answer the @doctor?

    Mr. Hypocryte… think before u leap

  8. §unny (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    dont tell me this will last for more then one day :O

  9. Ovais Tariq (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    So Mr MB that means you are siding with the petrol pump owners on this issue of strikes.
    Wow!! You must be one of them too. Otherwise we common people are so fed-up of these so called strikes that we have no option but to do what IUNKNOWN suggested. ;)

  10. Ovais Tariq (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Waise seriously i dont think this strike will last for long ;) cz wot will the pump owners do with no money as no selling = no money ;)

    lets see how long this strike lasts.,.,

  11. Dead (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    Keep shouting you all morons, you cant do any thing other than shouting.

  12. Ovais Tariq (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    you cant even shout.,. :p

  13. hira khan (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    didnt even last for a day…as most of the petrol pumps are working as usual

  14. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    @hira, can u tell me where such PPs are?

  15. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    Behria, took me 10-15 minutes for Petrol.

  16. Ali Jafri (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Thanks for Company’s PSO Fleet card… never have to wait for the last moment :)

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    OWais,before Station owners start resuming their business, govt will compromise[MukMoka] with them and increase prices.

  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    Oh btw, if you think they will suffer, you are naive. They would start selling it illegally by other means at high prices and helpless awam would have to buy it anyway.

  19. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    absolutely rite adnan

  20. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    absolutely rite adnan

  21. Anathema (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    fuelled u yesterday afternoon. no queue.

    the strike is officially over

  22. Ovais Khan (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    Its the height of injustice that the customers have to pay the same amount. Its only the margin that used to go to them, will now go to government who already pocket atleast Rs. 18 per litre on any sale of Petrol …

    For those of you who do not know, International airlines pay Rs. 32.5 / litre for high octane of even better grade (JP-1)

    See the detailed price breakup of the prices via these links:

    Summary; The ex-refinery price of petrol / litre comes to about 32 and we are paying Rs 53 and bulk of the profit goes to government.

  23. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    and government takes credit every year by announcing tax free budget … each and every citizen is taxed even those living below poverty line..

  24. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    I just read the news that the Peteoleum Dealers Association has taken back the shutdown call in Punjab!!!

    According to the president Majid Malik (read paindu) of the above mentioned association, the decision was taken in national interest!!! What is he talking about? Is he implying that Pakistan = Punjab and people from other provinces just don’t matter?

    These exhibitions of discrimination in favor of Punjab (of course by Punjabis) is enough to make people hate them; no wonder none of the other provinces trust Punjab.

  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    MS, I do second you but Punjab wing of association can’t impose its decision on other province. Sind wing of association could also do that but they didn’t. It just shows that how sind’s people in rural and Urban areas are ignored by their so called leaders whether they are MQM or interior sind’s fudals.

  26. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    Adnan, not to challenge your general knowledge but from where did you get the information that PPDA has different wings? When one talks about an association or organization across the country, means one entity and the board decides what to do.

    The organization name is Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA), means the association of all of the dealers from Pakistan — its not named Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association or Sindh Petroleum Dealers Association (SPDA). Does it?

    Could you please refer me to the sources that you used to conclude that there are different wings in PPDA and each wing is responsible for decisions for their own province?

    I kind of disagree with that conclusion of yours. What I think is the Punjab province once again is getting advantage of the bureaucracy, unless somebody proves it otherwise.

  27. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Read the following article:, specifically read the following line

    Abdul Sami Khan said that they had cleared it to government and ministry of petroleum that the strike would only be ended if the commission of the dealers were restored.

    And after reading the news about taking back the strick call only in Punjab just sounds un-fair. Doesn’t it?

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