Islamabad High Court Orders to Opens Gas Supply to CNG Stations

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ISLAMABAD – Although Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s Federal Government has put the ban on sale of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Punjab and capital city but Islamabad High Court (IHC) does not agree with it.

PakistanTribe‘s correspondent reported on Thursday that Justice Athar Minallah of IHC suspend the government’s order to cut CNG supply to gas stations.

He added in his notes that “Suspension of gas to the CNG sector is the violation of human rights.”

IHC summoned Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources along with the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) on December 9 for giving their stance in this regard.

IHC’s one member bench was hearing a petition submitted by the owners of more than 300 CNG stations.

The main petitioners Makhdoom Ali Khan maintained that the government sidelined CNG sector in its priority list whereas changes in the priority list are a violation of court orders.

Previously PML-n government had suspended the supply of natural gas to CNG stations on November 15. If not this order from IHC, the suspension would have remained applicable until 15 March 2015.

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