After a week of no CNG at fuel stations in Sindh and a promising statement from the petroleum minister, CNG stations began slowly opening Saturday morning.
Stations at Ayesha Manzil in Karachi opened at around 11:25am. Soon after, the stations were closed again.
However, SSGC officials say they did not decide to open the stations. They say action will be taken against owners of CNG stations who have opened their stations without prior permission.
All Pakistan CNG Association Chairperson Ghias Paracha told SAMAA TV that there is a lot of pressure on CNG station owners. He said they hope to see some improvement in the evening.
Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Sheikh said they will continue to protest against this issue. He said they will take the matter to the National Assembly as well. He said the PTI leaders who make grand statements in the assemblies should come forward now. He lamented that they were cutting the supply to Sindh to give it to the rest of the country.
Federal Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar visited Karachi on Friday and met the Sindh governor and chief minister. He also met officials of the SSGC. He said today we’re understanding the problem and tomorrow we will work on resolving it.
There will be CNG load-shedding for 12 to 15 hours, he said.
On Friday, the PPP held a protest at the Karachi Press Club against the gas shortage. The Sindh chief minister’s adviser on law and information, Murtaza Wahab, said that they hadn’t received a definitive answer from the minister, but it was their duty to record their protest.
They threatened to stage a protest in front of the SSGC’s office if the issue wasn’t resolved.
The residents of the province have been without CNG, and largely without affordable public transport, for seven days. They have had to use costly rickshaws and taxis, whose fares have skyrocketed in the past week.