Fuel Prices Increase

Fuel Prices May Rise Up To Rs 16.89/Litre

If Rs 10 Petroleum Levy and 17 % GST are added, the petrol price will rise to around Rs290/Litre from July 1, 2022.

Karachi: The Domestic Fuel Prices of Diesel and Petrol are expected to Rise by Rs16.89 and Rs4.55/Litre Excluding Petroleum Levy (Pl) And General Sales Tax (Gst) In The Next Fortnight, The News has Learnt.

The Ex-depot price of petrol has been worked out at Rs238.44 for the next fortnight compared to Rs233.89/litre for the current fortnight, an increase of Rs4.55/litre.

The Ex-depot price of diesel has been calculated at Rs280.20/litre for the next fortnight against Rs263.31/litre in the current fortnight, which translates into an increase of Rs16.89/litre. If Rs10 PL and 17 percent GST is included, the price of diesel may go up to Rs340/litre for the local consumers. The government passed Rs50 PL for every litre of petroleum products in the Finance Bill 2022-23 on Wednesday, as demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The ex-depot prices of both fuels have been calculated based on their international market rates from June 14-28.

Fuel Prices Increase

During the period under review, the price of crude oil fell by $2.59/barrel; however, the price of products i.e., diesel and petrol went up by $3.66 per barrel.

The fall in the prices of crude oil won’t benefit the consumers in the domestic market as the prices of Fuel are linked to the global prices of these products rather than crude oil under import parity price (IPP) mechanism.

The present government, however, abolished the subsidies on fuel prices on the IMF to requalify for Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The price hike has been the main issue between Pakistan and the IMF as part of an agreement to withdraw subsidies in oil and power sectors to reduce the fiscal deficit.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan had given the subsidy in his last days in power to cool down public sentiments in the face of double-digit inflation, a move the IMF said deviated from the terms of the 2019 deal. In addition to the $900 million tranche, the resumption of IMF loan programme will also unlock other external financing for the cash-strapped country, whose foreign reserves cover is still thin.

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