APCNGA flays minister over theft allegations

KARACHI: All Pakistan CNG Association APCNGA on Sunday took strong exception of the statement by Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif in which he dubbed all CNG operators as thieves.

“The baseless statement indicates non-serious, unethical and childish attitude of the minister who has used non-parliamentary language which was never expected from him, i. Masses have not voted PMLN to power to listen to baseless allegations and false statements but to get their longstanding problems resolved,” said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA in a statement.

He said: “Theft in the CNG sector is nominal while majority of those involved in stealing gas are influential politicians. No government would ever take action against crooked politicians but blame others for their faults which is hypocrisy.”

Unlike claims, the CNG sector is using 256 mmbtu gas which is only 6.1 per cent of the whole production but lobbies have targeted this sector, he said. Paracha said that all the theft by influential CNG operators would be around 34 mmbtu while others sectors are stealing gas worth billion with the help of officials and politicians since long. No action has never been taken against them, he lamented.

Stealing gas or electricity on massive scale is beyond the imagination of common man as it needs right connections which is an open secret, he added.

Paracha said that some elements had been misguiding masses about the CGN sector while using false figures and some politicians had been issuing childish statements which reflected badly on their credibility. He hoped that APCNGA and government would soon resolve all outstanding haunting CNG sector.