APCNGA says gas loadshedding in Sindh unconstitutional

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Chairman Supreme Council of the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha on Wednesday said gas loadshedding for CNG filling stations in Sindh province is unconstitutional. The gas loadshedding in Sindh was a deliberate violation of the decision of the Sindh High Court under Article 158, while gas loadshedding in other parts of the country was simply illogical and unacceptable, he said.

Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said "we have striving for provision of CNG for consumers; we don't want CNG outlets closed, which proves that we have not announced strike." Talking to media men, transporters and representatives of consumer rights bodies and the civil society, he said that APCNGA was striving for reopening of CNG filling stations and not for the closure therefore any call for strike was out of question.

The leader of the CNG sector further said "the protest against the damaging policies of the government is our democratic right which cannot be denied by anyone." Questioning the wisdom of Adviser to the PM on energy Dr Asim, he said the dual national official had proved to be the stumbling block in resolution of the energy crisis in Pakistan. The adviser had pushed the country in a situation where economic growth was seriously threatened, millions had lost jobs while resolution of the energy crisis seemed a far cry in his presence, he added.

Lashing out at the lobbies promoting Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Pakistan, he said they had no right to damage CNG sector or hurt our cause to fulfil their objectives. He said gas loadshedding had not only resulted in additional distress among masses but it had also triggered a race among liquid gas companies to extract maximum from people by daily revising prices which was going unchecked.

Paracha said the CNG sector had no other option to keep the wheels of their business moving while other sectors enjoying patronage of the petroleum ministry and were being encouraged to use gas despite the fact they had other options available. Using other fuel than gas can push up their cost of business to some extent but it would not shut down their business like we have experienced, he said. Meanwhile, CNG operators, unemployed staff, transporters and masses carried out protests in Gujranwala, Multan and Faisalabad on Wednesday, while a demonstration will be carried out on Thursday at Motorway in Lahore.

Courtesy: B Recorder

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