Musadik Malik, the minister of state for petroleum, said on Wednesday that a drop in the commodity’s reserves is a major factor in why the general public cannot receive gas around-the-clock. Pakistan’s energy needs are largely met by natural gas, and as a result of rising demand and inadequate supply, load shedding is now commonplace in many parts of the nation. When Pakistanis use more gas for cooking and other purposes during Ramadan, especially during sehri and iftar times, the problem gets worse.
The minister did not specify when gas load shedding would stop during sehar and iftar but did mention it during a discussion with journalists in Karachi.
“We cannot provide gas for 24 hours as our reserves have decreased,” he stated. Recently, the issue of gas scarcity in Karachi has caught the attention of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who has directed relevant officials to ensure an uninterrupted supply of the commodity. He has instructed that the supply of gas must be monitored, and no negligence should be tolerated,” he said.
Speaking to journalists, Malik explained that his trip to Karachi was intended to help the locals with their problems with gas supply and he encouraged them to pay their utility bills. The separation of petrol bills for the wealthy and the poor is now in effect, he added, adding that rich people will now be required to pay a higher petrol price.