Raise in petroleum prices challenged

A writ petition was moved in the Lahore High Court on Saturday against the recent increase in petroleum prices.

The application was moved by petitioner Hameed Goryia through his counsel Muteen-ul-Haq Chaudhry in a pending matter against the increase in gas prices.

The petitioner in his application contended that the Oil & Gas Regularity Authority (OGRA) increased the prices of petrol, diesel etc by 9 percent through a notification from January 1 which would affect the people who are already facing the price hike in the country.

He contended that the impugned notification issued by the OGRA was unlawful as it was not approved by the parliament and against the rights of people; therefore, it was not sustainable in the eyes of law.

He requested the court to stay the increase in prices of petroleum products and direct respondents to withdraw notification.