ISLAMABAD: The federal government, once again, jacked up the price of petroleum products on Thursday for the next fortnight, putting an additional burden of nearly Rs15-18 per litre on the masses. The Finance Division, in its notification, said that in view of the fluctuations in petroleum prices in the international market and exchange rate variation, the government has decided to partially apply a petroleum levy, and revise the existing prices of petroleum products “as agreed with the development partners.” With the fresh hike, the price of petrol will be Rs248.74/litre, diesel will be Rs276.54/litre, kerosene oil will be sold for Rs230.26/litre, and the price of light diesel oil will be Rs226.15/litre. The coalition govt, since coming to power in April, has raised the price of petrol by Rs84. It had first raised the petrol price by Rs30 on May 26, followed by another increase of Rs30 on June 2. And on June 15, it hiked the price by another by Rs24 today. Addressing a press conference flanked by State Minister for Petroleum Musaddaq Malik, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that Pakistan has seen “significant success” in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme and after several deliberations, the two sides are optimistic about the revival of extended fund facility.“Pakistan has also received the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) for the seventh and eighth review under which there are some prior actions,” he said, revealing that among those was to increase the price of petrol through petroleum development levy (PDL) in order to revive the programme. He reiterated that the Imran Khan-led government had decided to increase the price of petroleum products by Rs4 per litre every month; however, the PTI government broke IMF’s promise and gave subsidies which added pressure to the exchequer.