Karachi, September 25, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Local Government and Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said Friday that the federal government had been constantly violating Article 158 of the Constitution. “Sindh supplies 68% of Pakistan’s total gas, but today gas is scarce in the province of Sindh,” Shah said in a statement issued from his office today.
He said that Sindh brings 2200 MMCFD gas into the national mainstream and needs 1700 MMCFD gas for its own consumption, but it gets 900 to 1000 MMFDC gas in response to 2200 MMCFD which it generates itself and supply it to center. The provincial minister said that the federation was not meeting the demands of the Sindh province due to which the gas crisis in the province, including Karachi, is getting worst.
The federal government was deliberately not giving Sindh the right to its legitimate gas. “I ask the federal minister to stop blaming us. And answer what is the reason that despite having gas reserves in Sindh, it is not getting gas? We want to tell the federation that the citizens of Sindh do not want expensive LNG, give Sindh’s gas to Sindh because under Article 158 of the Constitution, the first right to provincial resources belongs to the province where production is taking place. If the province’s needs are met, the rest of the gas can be given to other provinces.”
He further said that the federal government throws the rubble of its failure on Sindh. Tomorrow the federal ministers may claim that the Sindh government is responsible for the failure of the federal government. Raising electricity and gas prices has become a hobby of the federal government. No one else but the incompetent federal energy Minister Omar Ayub is responsible for the power and gas crisis in Karachi.
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Sindh Information and Archives Department
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401