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PM’s Assistant Admits Huge Gas Theft in Hangu And Karak

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Division Nadeem Babar has admitted that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on top in gas theft and hence the major cause of increase in technical and commercial line losses of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), DAWN reported.

Talking about the Hangu and Karak sections of the pipeline, Babar said, “These are gas-producing areas and the people living there are stealing gas since they consider this their right.”

He was responding to a question about why the PTI-led provincial government had not helped the federal government and the SNGPL in the past in stopping massive gas theft.

“However, we are trying to convince these people not to steal gas and come under the legal gas supply network of the company,” Babar told a press conference on Friday.

He claimed that the SNGPL’s technical and commercial losses, called unaccounted for gas (UFG), had been reduced, particularly in the context of industrial consumers.

Babar said five international firms had applied for setting up liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Karachi and Balochistan.

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