According to sources, Punjab police launched an investigation into people involved in illegal petrol and diesel hoarding in Sheikhupura, Patoki, Daska, and other parts of the province after Petroleum Minister Dr Musadik Malik issued a warning.
IG Punjab while ordering a crackdown against hoarding of petrol in the province directed strict action against the guilty. Following the directions, police teams raided several fuel stations in Sheikhupura and Patoki and recovered over 1.3 million litres of ‘illegally’ hoarded petrol.
In response to Petroleum Minister Dr. Musadik Malik’s warning, the Punjab police launched a crackdown on individuals involved in the illegal stockpiling of petrol and diesel in several areas of the province, including Sheikhupura, Patoki, and Daska.
Police forces raided several gas stations in Sheikhupura and Patoki in accordance with the orders, and as a result, more than 1.3 million litres of gasoline that had been unlawfully stocked by mafias were recovered.
The District Police Officer, Zahid Marwat, reported that the value of the recovered gasoline exceeds 300 million rupees. He further stated that appropriate legal action, including the filing of charges, will be taken against those found to be responsible for the hoarding of fuel.
Musadik Malik, the minister of state for petroleum, debunked any claims that there was a shortage of petroleum products in the nation. The state minister claimed that Pakistan has a plentiful supply of both fuel and gasoline at a press conference held in Islamabad. The government will withdraw permits for those discovered to be artificially inducing a shortage of these products, he warned those engaged in hoarding.
The minister also sought to dispel any notion that the government is responsible for increasing the prices of petroleum products.