Solution is there -- hi-octane. So nothing to be alarmed. Unfortunately we have to live with whatever poor standards we are entrusted to.
By the way, I was wondering, what is the octane number of the regular petrol that is sold to us in Pakistani petrol pumps? And what it is for the hi-octane one?
Random searches on Internet to find the recommended rated hi-octane number for Honda Aria L15A2 engine gives me mixed results. While most of them say it must be 87 or better, one listed it as 91. So if knocking returns, than perhaps it would mean that we get petrol that is poorer than the 87 rating.