IHC bars govt collecting Pak-Iran gas pipeline surcharge

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court IHC on Thursday barred the government from receiving surcharge/ Gas Infrastructure Development Tax from the consumers for Pak-Iran gas pipeline project.

A single member IHC bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in its verdict over the petitions moved by the commercial consumers of gas and the Compressed Natural Gas CNG stations owners held that ‘apparently few clauses of the gas infrastructure development act were in contradiction with the Constitution and besides, the project was inactive.

The petitioners had pleaded that the government was taking Rs10 to Rs100 surcharge from gas consumers for Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, which was unjust and unconstitutional. The verdict stated that intriguing surcharge of an inactive project was not justified and illegal, thus it could not be received from the consumers.