Oil Tankers Association warns to go on strike

Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Oil Tanker Contractors Association Karachi has urged the government authorities to immediately resolve their problems before they think to call strike once again. They further warned if the sales tax on services was not withheld the Oil Tankers will halt supply for Punjab after 72 hours. 
Talking to National Courier, a spokesman said that Sindh, Balochistan, and KPK governments had postponed the adjustment of sales tax but Punjab government has delayed the notification from July to September. It has blocked the payment of billions of rupees of the stakeholders.   Babar Ismail, leader of the Association yesterday addressing his reminder to Secretary, Energy Resources, Federal Secretariat, Islamabad referred the earlier meeting held on 26th July 2017 with OTCA and APOTOA on this subject. He recalled that Secretary Energy Resources by chairing the meeting had assured to get their problems resolved on priority. On his assurance the lifting of oil by Oil Tankers was resumed. 
Later, they also held meetings with Addl. Secretary Petroleum, OGRA, Chairman NHA, Miftah Ismail Advisor to PM, and Governor Sindh. However, he regretfully informed that none of their problems were yet resolved. He once again requested to immediately get the problems resolved and call a meeting with all concerned before the things come to stand still once again. The copies of the letter are also addressed to the Chairperson OGRA, and Secretary OCAC Karachi.