Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Private gas companies seen as biggest hurdle in resolving gas crisis in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Tuesday said around a dozen private local and foreign gas companies, incompetent bureaucracy and illegal supply of gas on massive scale to influential are reasons behind unending gas crisis in Pakistan.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA, said that private gas companies have long been involved in power politics, manipulation and manoeuvring which has taken masses and economy as hostage. It asked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take note of the deteriorating situation to take corrective measures so that domestic, industrial and CNG sectors could get a sigh of relief.

He said that if a gas company gets a contract, others would stop the execution through bureaucratic intrigues, collusion with certain NGOs or invoke the courts. Similarly, the company facing conspiracy would do its best to settle score with opponents.

On the other hand, he said, some bureaucrats find lucrative opportunity in such scrambles which has become order of the day.

These private gas enterprises with widespread failures are known for deceit, over commitment despite incapability, and painting rosy pictures of the situation with zero output in the end, said Ghiyas Paracha.

The leader of the CNG sector maintained that some companies that consider improved supply on natural gas as death of their business interests have been blocking exploration and other related activities since years with the help of their strong lobby.

Paracha said that gas crisis would cross all proportions if authorities continued to serve the illegitimate interests of gas firms, illegal gas supply continued to influential despite court orders, exploration activities were kept intentionally sluggish and decision to import gas was calculatingly delayed.

He said that incumbent government has been serving since eight months but it has not taken any strict action to streamline things which has made life of masses, industrialists and CNG operators miserable.

“APCNGA is ready to meet Prime Minister or Petroleum Minister to apprise them of situation and recommend implementable solutions,” offered Paracha.
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