In view of the current situation of gas shortage in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high level meeting on Wednesday. The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted that ‘PM @ImranKhanPTI chaired a high level meeting to review the gas situation in Pakistan. In the meeting, information was given about the demand and supply from domestic reserves, shortage of natural gas (LNG) and imports.
Instructions to fast-track a license
According to the Dawn newspaper report, in the meeting, Imran Khan has instructed the officials to fast-track the licenses for domestic exploration. He described it as the cheapest source of natural gas. Along with this, he has directed the concerned departments to remove the problems being faced in the process of new LNG plants and virtual pipeline projects at the earliest.
Energy Minister expressed his inability
Significantly, in the past, Pakistan’s Energy Minister Hammad Azhar expressed his inability to meet the domestic gas requirements. attributed to legal hurdles. In one of his statements, he had said that the demand for gas among domestic consumers increases during the winter season. During this period, there is an increase in the demand of gas by three to five percent. Which has been accomplished by reducing the supply to other sectors as per the priority list set by the government. According to experts, people in Pakistan do not have enough gas to even cook their daily meals. Because the government of the country has given more gas connections than storage. At the same time, according to Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), gas is usually cheap and easily available, but Pakistanis are now struggling to cope with the gas shortage for hours. Along with this, a big increase has also been seen in the monthly bills of the domestic gas consumers of the country.