A man has approached the Lahore High Court over the increased fuel prices in the country and requested the court to declare the hike ‘illegal’.
On Friday evening, the federal government increased the price of petrol by Rs25.58 per litre. A litre now costs a little over Rs100 again. The price of high speed diesel was increased by Rs21.31, kerosene by Rs23.5 and light diesel by Rs17.84.
“The recent hike in petroleum products is tantamount to a huge burden on the public,” said petitioner Qayyum Khan. The petition was filed by his lawyer Muhammad Saim Chaudhry.
He said the government increased the prices overnight and did not even give the public time to prepare. “People are already facing hardships and are in distress because of COVID-19 but the federal government increased the rates on the recommendation of the petroleum division illegally, unlawfully, and without lawful authority,” the petition added.
It has requested the court to set aside the government’s notification. Many people staged protests in different parts of the country over the increased prices.