For the first time in history, blanket ban imposed by PTI government over import of furnace oil in Pakistan: Report

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For the first time in history, blanket ban imposed by PTI government over import of furnace oil in Pakistan: Report

ISLAMABAD - PTI government has enforced a blanket ban on imports of furnace oil in Pakistan, it has even revealed.

As pet the media report, The government has enforced a total ban on import of furnace oil and withdrawn an earlier exception provided to K-Electric in this regard.

The aforementioned decision was taken during a recent meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, reports *Dawn.*

The blanket ban was enforced after protests by domestic refineries.

According to sources aware of the development shared, the government had implemented a ban on import furnace oil last month and provided an exception to Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in case of furnace oil.

But the decision faced stiff opposition from domestic refineries and PSO has a long-term furnace oil supply contract with K-Electric.

As per these sources, chairman Oil Companies’ Advisory Council (OCAC) Adil Khattak had sent letters to the petroleum division asking the reason for permitting furnace oil imports to K-Electric.

K-Electric is the only power producer having a constant usage of 4000-5000 tons per day consumption of furnace oil.