Truckers, bus drivers on strike in Pakistan’s biggest city

Witnesses say terminals and stops in Karachi on Tuesday were crowded with people waiting for the few buses still running. Many switched to taxis and auto-rickshaws. — PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI – TRANSPORT operators have pulled thousands of buses and trucks off the roads in Pakistan’s biggest city to protest sharp increases in fuel prices.Gasoline and diesel prices have risen by about 60 per cent in Pakistan since February because of rising world oil prices and cuts in government subsidies.

Witnesses say terminals and stops in Karachi on Tuesday were crowded with people waiting for the few buses still running. Many switched to taxis and auto-rickshaws.

Mr Irshad Bokhari, a leader of the city bus operators association, has urged officials to lower fuel prices and says transporters won’t pass on the increase to customers.

Mr Bokhari says bus fares have already gone up and a further hike will ‘oppress the people.’ — AP

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