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Fuel Prices in Pakistan Continue to Soar, Putting a Strain on Citizens

The prices of fuel in Pakistan have been on a steady rise in recent months, putting a strain on citizens and businesses alike. The latest increase, which took effect on August 1, 2023, saw petrol prices go up by Rs. 14.85 per liter and diesel prices go up by Rs. 18.25 per liter. This is the third increase in fuel prices in the past two months.

There are a number of factors behind the rising fuel prices in Pakistan. One factor is the global increase in oil prices. The price of Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, has risen by more than 50% in the past year. This is due to a number of factors, including the Russia-Ukraine war and the global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another factor behind the rising fuel prices in Pakistan is the depreciation of the Pakistani rupee. The rupee has lost more than 30% of its value against the US dollar in the past year. This makes it more expensive for Pakistan to import oil, which is priced in dollars.

The rising fuel prices are having a negative impact on the Pakistani economy. They are pushing up inflation, which is already at a 13-year high. They are also making it more difficult for businesses to operate, which could lead to job losses.

The government has taken some steps to try to mitigate the impact of the rising fuel prices. These include providing subsidies to the poor and increasing the prices of electricity and gas. However, these measures have not been enough to prevent the prices of essential goods and services from rising.

The rising fuel prices in Pakistan are a major challenge for the government and the people. The government needs to find ways to reduce its reliance on imported oil and to stabilize the value of the rupee. In the meantime, citizens and businesses need to find ways to cope with the rising cost of living.