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Gas crisis in Karachi: PTI members demand removal of Hammad Azhar, Report

PTI lawmakers from Karachi have lost their patience over the worst gas crisis in the metropolis and have demanded the removal of Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar and MD Sui Southern.

Abdul Shakoor Shad and Jamil Ahmad Khan, elected members of the National Assembly from Karachi, announced a protest in front of Sui Southern Head Office against non-restoration of gas.

Abdul Shakoor Shad said that if immediate decisions were not taken then PTI would face more difficulties.

It may be recalled that a few days ago, after the gas crisis in Karachi went out of control, PTI MPA Raja Azhar has written a warning letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, stating that Karachi, especially my entire constituency. The gas crisis has intensified in 1997. Citizens are protesting against the gas crisis against Sui Gas and the federal government.

The letter further stated that the situation is getting out of the hands of PTI, it will harm local body elections, Prime Minister, Minister for Energy should take notice of gas crisis, people of Karachi have given a mandate to PTI, do not disappoint them

On the other hand, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Thursday said that the country was losing its momentum of productivity, export orders and employment generation due to gas shortage.

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The apex trade body has demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan to reprimand the relevant ministries and departments responsible for the gas crisis.

FPCCI President Nasser Hyatt Magoo said, “The failure of the government to provide gas to the industry has caused unbearable losses and will reflect badly on the growth rate of the current fiscal year.”

“It is a conspiracy against this government… and that investigations can point towards one of its own ministries, which is facilitating new terminals at the cost of the national interest of Pakistan and causing the destruction of industrial production; which is the backbone of foreign exchange earnings and exports of Pakistan,” he added.

Saman Siddiqui

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