Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that eight billion rupees was being stolen from the system. He said in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa the gas is being stolen from the main gas pipeline by making holes.
Replying to questions in the National Assembly, the petroleum minister regretted that KPK government was not cooperating to control the theft. He particularly said that billions of rupees gas was being stolen from Karak.
When PTI MNA Shehryar Khan Afridi took strong exception to non provision of gas to Kohat and threatened that if recommendations of the MNAs were not given due consideration, they would not allow the system to proceed, the Petroleum Minister said the government is capable to deal with threats.
The Petroleum Minister said the government releases funds for a particular district development programme and it is upto the MNAs committee to identify the scheme after which works begin on implementation. He said if there was any violation of installation of gas meters, it should be identified and they would take immediate action.
The Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his resentment over failure of the Ministry of Defence to answer give questions that were on the order of the day. He also summoned the Secretary Defence in his chamber and asked the defence Minister to answer the questions. He warned that if the ministry failed to answer the question, the matter would be raised at the highest level.
Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday ruled out any discrimination against Sindh in provision of gas to the province. Answering a question in the National Assembly the Minister said Sindh is getting more gas than it had been receiving during the PPP government.
To a question, he said 3220 gas meters have so far been installed in district Lower Dir. He said all new gas connections are provided strictly on turn basis through computer generated lists.
Answering a question, he said there is no gas load-shedding for domestic consumers in the country. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India has begun and will likely be completed by 2020. He said the project will support power generation capacity, which will help in overcoming the crippling power shortage crisis.
He said the construction of pipeline will also create job opportunities in backward areas along its route. He said the project will help a great deal in meeting the energy requirements of the country’s economy. He said the project upon completion would help achieve high GDP growth in the country.
Responding to a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that there is no proposal under consideration to keep the courts open round the clock. However, he said a draft Bill titled Evening Courts Bill, 2017 for Islamabad Capital Territory is under consideration to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts.—INP