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Petrol pumps are shutting down in Karachi as fuel shortage rumours trigger panic buying

Petrol pumps across Karachi have started shutting down on Wednesday night after the closure of oil terminals in the city.

As per the details, the petrol pumps were closed after allergies from soybean dust reportedly claimed 14 lives and affected more than 400 people. It was assumed initially that a gas leakage had resulted in the breathing illness incidence which resulted in the casualties.

Reportedly, the petrol pumps in Saddar, Shahrah-e-Faisal, and Karsaz have been closed, while people rushed to the pumps that were still open.

Meanwhile, those petrol pumps serving customers as of reporting time have increased petrol prices, as reported by a local media outlet.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan State Oil PSO says there are ample stocks available as fuel shortage rumours trigger panic buying in Karachi.

“We have sufficient stocks available and there is absolutely no issue of fuel supply,” PSO spokesperson Imran Rana told

“We will not let Karachi dry. Every consumer will get the fuel,” he added.

Samra Mazhar

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