Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that on the directions of the prime minister, the authorities concerned have been directed to ensure the supply of gas to people’s households even if it means curbing the supply to CNG stations.
Addressing a press conference in Sialkot on Sunday, Awan maintained that there are false claims being perpetuated regarding the hike in gas prices.
“The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) is merely a regulator which, keeping in mind ground realities, forwards its input to the government.
“The prime minister is aware of the people’s problems and the government understands that citizens cannot bear to take on more expenses at the moment.
“We cannot act on the recommendations put forth by the authority. We must come up with a realistic strategy so that we do not put additional burden on the nation,” she said.
She stated that a continuous wave of winter has gripped the country which is why there has been an increase in the demand for gas.
“Keeping this in mind, there has been a 12 per cent increase in gas pressure while overall utilisation has increased by almost 2.5% as compared to last year.”
Awan also commented on the recent tensions between India and Pakistan. “The people of Pakistan stand behind the army. Our media is showing the true picture of what is currently going on at the border [Line of Control].
“Our media is unveiling India’s true intentions and will continue to do so.”