ISLAMABAD - Without issuance of any price notification from the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, Liquefied Petroleum Gas business tycoons have reportedly increased the LPG prices on their own by Rs 5 per kilogram, which would further add to the miseries of the already pressed consumers especially of remote areas of the country. The All Pakistan LPG Distributors Association has condemned the recent hike and requested the PPP-led ruling coalition and Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a necessary action against the 'gas mafia that has rubbed salt at the wounds of already inflation-hit masses. According to the Chairman All Pakistan LPG Distributors Association, Irfan Khokhar, after the fresh increase, the prices of LPG in Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal and Hafizabad have climbed to Rs 125 per kilogram. Similarly, LPG price in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Murree, Jhelum and Chakwal has mounted to Rs 145 per kilogram, while in Karachi it has reached Rs. 110 and in Peshawar, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Sargodha Rs. 135 per kilogram. However, in AJK, FATA, Bagh, Swat, Gilgat Baltistan historic raise is observed that has been gone up to Rs 155 to Rs 160 per kg. In this way, the cost of domestic LPG cylinder has jumped up by Rs. 60 and commercial cylinder by Rs. 240 per cylinder. Irfan Khokar further claimed that the LPG marketing companies have allotted quotas to influentials only to maximize interests. He urged the government to devise an clear mechanism for the import of LPG and a judicial inquiry to end their blackmailing and hegemony in LPG sector.