KARACHI: Angry over the unprecedented hike in the petrol and diesel prices, the transporters in Pakistan announced on Friday to fully close the transport after Eidul Azha, stating that only 30 per cent of transport would be operated due to Eid holidays.

All Pakistan Public Transport Owners Federation (APPTOF) said that the rising petrol and diesel prices, coupled with high taxes and other charges, crippled the resources of the transporters to operate transport in the country.

They said that there was already a low number of passengers opting for private transport due to rising fares. “If the government cannot reduce the price of diesel, it should abolish taxes,” they demanded. It is to be noted here that the government made a whopping Rs14.85 per litre increase in the petrol price on Thursday.

The government also imposed a levy of Rs10 per litre on petrol, whereas, a levy of Rs5 had been imposed on High Speed Diesel, Light Diesel and Kerosene Oil. Similarly, the government had increased the price of High Speed Diesel by Rs13.23 per lire. The rate of Kerosene Oil also increased by Rs18.83, whereas, the price of Light Diesel went up by Rs18.68.