Gas price in our country has not increased since 2019, says Hammad Azhar

Efforts afoot to improve supply of gas in system: Hammad

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Islamabad: Energy Minister Hamad Azhar said on Friday that efforts are being made to improve the supply of natural gas in the system.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said the Sui Southern Gas and Sui Northern Gas companies have been directed to better manage the gas supply.

The minister said gas demand increases in the winter, and supply of gas to domestic consumers is preferred in this season.

He said that the country’s natural gas reserves are declining by 9% every year, while demand has been rising.

The reaction came after officials and workers of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) association carried out protest outside the head office of SSGC in Karachi against the prolonged gas supply suspension.

The protesters chanted slogans against the government and expressed their determination to continue sit-in till the restoration of gas supply to the pumps.

They said that they are being provided gas on expensive rates in the name of so-called Re-Gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG). They further asked to remove managing director (MD) of SSGC.

The Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the Pakistan National Assembly (NA) also asked the relevant authorities to immediately dismiss Hammad Azhar, the Federal Minister of Energy, in order to overcome the growing natural gas shortage crisis.

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