Queues outside petrol pumps could be seen lessening on Thursday evening as each pump in major cities of Punjab was supplied 15,500 metric tons of petrol. However people in smaller towns and cities in both Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) continue to suffer from the shortage.
A meeting was held on Thursday at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to evaluate the current situation and discuss how to avert a similar future crisis. The meeting was chaired by the Acting Secretary Petroleum and included heads of all oil marketing companies. It was announced that during the meeting that a monitoring cell would be established within the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to monitor the petrol supply chain and give a report after every three hours. In lieu of potential decrease in petrol prices from February 1st, it was decided that all oil companies would ensure sufficient supplies in the last four days of January to ensure that no shortages suddenly develop.