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APCNGA blames Dr Asim for energy crisis

The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has blamed Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain for the energy crisis, which has crippled the economy.

“The ongoing CNG crisis is artificial that has been engineered to boost imports of petrol, LPG and LNG to benefit certain lobbies on the cost of the country,” said Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha.

“Dr Asim Hussain is behind the energy crisis, which has crippled the economy,” he said. “He is the biggest block in the resolution of the crisis and should therefore resign immediately.”

He said that the government has not been trying to stop gas theft, which has gained new proportions. But it has been destroying the CNG sector to meet its unholy objectives.

He added that the CNG sector has no alternative to operate. Thus, gas outages should be stopped and gas prices and taxes should be brought at par with other gas consuming sectors, otherwise the APCNGA would start a protest movement from January 08, 2013.

Later on, another peaceful demonstration would be carried out in Islamabad in which transporters and the people would also participate.

“Transporters and consumers would also join hands with CNG operators to get their rights protected,” he underscored. The leader of the CNG sector said that politicians and the bureaucracy are directly involved in the longest CNG crisis in the country’s history. They have the 180 million people’s lives miserable for their own welfare.

Such elements are getting controversial policies approved and promoting influential sectors that would not pay proper taxes but lend support during the upcoming elections.

Since the Supreme Court took note of the CNG issue, the government delayed resolving the problem for two and a half months under the pretext of policy guidelines and later on closed CNG filling stations, banned the use of economical fuel in private vehicles and introduced costly liquid gases.

Top officials also conspired to create a gulf between CNG sector and the people, while their objectionable decision has so far resulted in losses to the tune of billions to CNG station owners, tax collection mechanism and the people, he informed.

“The ECC sub-committee formed to hammer out the issue was not allowed to work and later they were forced to announce a pricing that was not sustainable,” he said. “The government wants to divert the people’s attention from its failures by keeping them busy and confused. It also wants to promote petroleum, LPG and LNG mafias and justify the purchase of a scrap LPG terminal on inflated rates.”

A just and legal distribution of natural gas would have saved a lot of foreign exchange that is presently being wasted on petroleum imports, he added.

He further said that Hussain should come up with a clarification for forcing companies to appoint local agents of his choice for the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, which has delayed the whole matter.

The energy ministry has extorted Rs500 billion from the people and spent billions over IP, Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India pipeline and LNG imports with no results, which is one of the biggest scams in the nation’s history.

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