The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday has sought recommendations from Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for tackling substandard oil tankers without affecting the countrywide fuel supply.
Meanwhile the APOTA has refused to comply with the government's orders and continues to hold the strike until the time an agreement is reached between both parties.
Proceeding into the meeting, Shahwani said the unjust action against oil tankers must end.
It was reported that the country had enough oil stocks for consumption for 10-11 days, but supply disruptions could emerge in some parts of the country in the absence of transportation. However, the two sides held the next round of talks today.
The minister also tasked Railways CEO Javed Anwar to contact PSO to take the matter further. More than two hundred people had lost their lives just a day before Eid in the tragic incident.
The incident occurred when an oil tanker, which had overturned, exploded near Ahmedpur East Tehsil in Bahawalpur.
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Last month's accident in the eastern province of Punjab was triggered by a fireball caused by a leak from a tanker carrying fuel, killing villagers who had flocked around in hopes of salvaging some of the drips.
"We do not accept OGRA regulation; its policy is wrong", said Shahwani while speaking to Geo News.
He said the oil tankers' association went on strike after penalties imposed on the oil tankers carrying more fuel than the actual capacity.
He said no one would be allowed to blackmail the authorities. "The owners of oil tankers should come and talk to us".
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources convened the meeting of the representatives of All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association, All Pakistan Carriage Contractors Association, All Marketing Companies (OMCs) aimed to pursue the oil tanker association to call off their strike.
In January 2015, the country witnessed a severe shortage of fuel after fuel stations ran out of the commodity owing to a surge in demand and panic buying.