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Petrol price in Pakistan remains unchanged for next fortnight

New fuel prices will be effective from Thursday midnight, according to finance ministry

November 30, 2023
Fuel station attendant filling up a car at a petrol station. — AFP/File
Fuel station attendant filling up a car at a petrol station. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The interim federal government has decided to keep the petrol price unchanged for the next 15 days — till December 15 — at Rs281.34 per litre.

However, the high-speed diesel (HSD) has been slashed by Rs7 per litre while kerosene oil reduced by Rs3.82 per litre.

The light diesel oil has also been cut by Rs4.52.

ProductsExisting price
New price
High Speed Diesel (HSD) 
Kerosene oilRs204.98Rs201.16Rs3.82
Light diesel oilRs180.45Rs175.93Rs4.52

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar approved the new fuel prices which will be effective from Thursday midnight and remain in place till December 15.

The country fixes fuel prices on a fortnightly basis after evaluating fluctuating international energy market costs and the rupee-dollar parity to transfer the impact on domestic consumers.

On November 15, the interim government reduced the petrol and diesel prices by Rs2.04 and Rs6.47 per litre, respectively.

The government is charging zero general sales tax (GST) on all petroleum products while the rate of petroleum levy (PL) on petrol and diesel is Rs60 per litre.

Diesel is widely used in the transport and agriculture sectors and the reduction in its price could bring inflationary impact down.

According to brokerage reports released on Wednesday, inflation is expected to surge in November, primarily due to a massive hike in gas prices,

The consumer price index (CPI), which measures changes in the prices of goods and services, is likely to rise to 28.6-29.6% year-on-year in November, up from 26.9% in October.

A report by brokerage Insight Securities predicts that the inflation rate will register a 2.1% month-on-month jump, defying earlier expectations of a gradual slowdown from September onwards.

Optimus Capital Management estimates that the CPI will increase by 2.9% month-on-month, primarily driven by an 11.6% jump in the housing index due to gas price revision and a 1.6% increase in the food index.