The second big increase in two weeks for the South Asian nation that is already struggling with high inflation.
Pakistan on Friday announced a record rise in petrol and diesel prices, the second big increase in two weeks for the South Asian nation that is already struggling with high inflation.
The government has raised petrol prices by 26.02 rupees to 331.38 rupees a litre and diesel prices by 17.34 rupees to 329.18 rupees a litre, the finance ministry said in a statement.
The move comes a day after the central bank unexpectedly kept its benchmark interest rate at 22%, saying inflation was likely to rise "significantly" in September before slowing in October and maintaining a downward trajectory thereafter.
Consumer prices in the country of 241 million people rose 27.4% in August.
Battling rising inflation and dwindling foreign exchange reserves, the crisis-hit country is trying to navigate a path to economic stability after agreeing on a $3 billion IMF loan in July.
The move comes at a time when India is staring at the highest ever tax collection shortfall, as corporate and income tax collection for this fiscal year is set to fall for the first time in at least two decades and the goods and services tax revenue could see a gaping shortfall.
The country's new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to jumpstart a moribund economy, certain to be a major issue in elections due next year. Pakistan has repeatedly sought international support and suffers from a chronically weak tax base.
The new prices for fuel will witness a decline where the price of a litre of Super 98 petrol will cost Dhs2.65, compared to Dhs2.77 in December 2021.
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