CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah threatens to cut gas supply to entire country

CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah threatens to cut gas supply to entire country

KARACHI: The fight between Federal government and Sindh government seems to worsen as Chief Minister Sindh has warned to storm federal government offices in Karachi and simultaneously block the gas supply to entire Pakistan from Sindh.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has warned the federal government and the Sui Southern Gas Company that if Sindh's concerns over gas distribution are not addressed by the end of the week, the provincial government will cut off gas supply from Sindh to the rest of the country.

Speaking on the floor of the Sindh Assembly on Thursday, Shah threatened that in case the SSGC does not take the province's concerns into consideration then the Sindh government would forcefully take over their offices.

"I am warning SSGC. If they don’t sign their offices are situated in Karachi. We will storm their offices. We will not let them work here. We will take over their offices, and I will do it by force. "

The chief minister's warning comes weeks after he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif alleging that Punjab was usurping the share of gas allocated to Sindh.

Shah said: "I spoke with the Chairman SSGC yesterday, I said to him that please take our consideration into the gas distribution agreement otherwise I have to take drastic action. I said that I will wait till 11 in the morning," further adding," At 11' o clock today he sent the agreement, I checked it before coming here and even now they have taken the same clauses which are not acceptable to us." 

The chief minister said that he has told the energy department that if the federal government and SSGS doesn't accept the demands of Sindh on the issue then he will take an action after seeking support from the treasury and opposition benches.    

"Sindh produces 70% gas of the total production and ironically the province is not getting it. We are not able to test-run a 100mg powerhouse at Nooriabad because SSGC is not providing us enough gas."

He also informed that the federal government have not yet provident 100 megawatts to the K-Electric. "KE had to put the 100mg online by April," he informed.

The leading opposition party in the assembly, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, has given its support to the Cheif Minister on the issue.