Islamabad [Pakistan], August 16 (ANI): Pakistan on Monday raised petrol prices by Rs 6 that will jack up the cost to Rs 233.91 per litre.
The new prices will come into effect from August 16 and it will be effective till next fortnight, reported Geo News.
"In the wake of fluctuations in petroleum prices in the international market and exchange rate variations, the government has decided to revise the existing prices or petroleum products to pass on the impact to the consumers," the statement released by the Finance Division read.
While the government raised the price of petrol, it slashed the price of diesel by Rs 0.51.
In line with the new changes, the price of petrol will be Rs 233.91 per litre, diesel will be Rs 244.44 per litre, kerosene oil will be sold for Rs 199.40 per litre, and the price of light diesel oil will be Rs 191.75 per litre, reported Geo News.
A day earlier, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail said that owing to the conditions set forth for the country by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Government of Pakistan is not in a position to afford any petroleum subsidies.
During Geo News' programme "Naya Pakistan", the finance minister was asked whether the government was planning to reduce the prices of petrol in the country from August 15 in accordance with the decrease in the international market, and the strengthening of the rupee against the dollar.
He added that the finance ministry will not impose any more taxes and levies on petroleum products, but reiterated that the government could not bear any more losses by providing subsidies.
Since the Shehbaz Sharif government has come to power in Pakistan, the daily essentials are getting costly and have become out of reach of the common man due to recent hikes in petrol prices and power tariffs. (ANI)