Minister asks centre to give Sindh its rightful share of gas.

KARACHI -- Provincial Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh on Tuesday said that the injustices were being committed with the province in the distribution of gas and electricity and demanded that the federal government give Sindh representation in the federal energy regulatory bodies and in K-Electric's board of directors.

He told a press conference that the province would not give up its right to a new agreement between provincial and federal governments on the distribution of gas.

'Even half of the gas produced in Sindh is not available to the people of the province, which creates a feeling of deprivation among people,' he added.

Mr Shaikh said that several complaints of gas shortage were being received from every part of the province including Karachi.

Says despite producing 2,100 MMcf/d, Sindh is being given only 700-800 MMcf/d gas

'The problem of gas shortage has been going on for many years, and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government did not do anything in this regard,' he said, adding that the previous government did not buy gas when it was available on cheaper rates in the international market.

He said that the people facing problems because gas was now very expensive in the international market. The energy minister further said that Sindh had the solution to the energy needs of the country, but the province had been continuously neglected.

He said that the Sindh was producing 2,100 MMcf/d of gas and its own requirement was 1,600-1,700 MMCFD, while only 700-800 MMCFD was being given to the province.

He said that the province should be given representation in the federal energy institutions.

'Requests have been made for the representation of Sindh in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra)...

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