The Karachi Transport Union (KTU), Sindh will continue its strike on March 4, 2011. On March 1, 2011, the union called on the strike in protest against fuel price rise by the government.
On March 1, 2011, Pakistan government increased its fuel prices by 9.9 percent which had been opposed by the country’s transport business people. Already the transport strike affected lives of people in Karachi.
So far, Sindh government officials held two rounds of discussion with the Transport Union and both discussions failed to yield any positive outcome. However, Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, said that he is open to more discussion.
Syed Mahmood Afridi, secretary-general of KTU said that they would continue the strike as long as government does not change its decision.
Akhter Jadon, Minister of Transportation Sindh, said that the government paid more than 20 million rupees in account for the losses of Transport Union but they will carry on the strike. He said that the transport union has other agenda.
Due to price rise of oil in the international market due to political unrest in Libya, the Middle East and other parts of North Africa, Pakistan government had to raise oil prices according to Jawad Nasim, spokesperson for Pakistan’s oil regulator.