Sounding the alarm


In a resolute and impassioned plea, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textile Mills Association (KPTMA) has sounded the alarm on the profound challenges confronting local industry. The pressing issue revolves around the federal government’s recent decision to implement a blended gas supply, consisting of 80 per cent natural gas and 20 per cent RLNG (Re-Gasified Liquefied Natural Gas), to serve the KP industry. This decision has sparked grave concerns and demands immediate intervention.
According to a news report published on these pages, KPTMA chairman Muhammad Kamran Shah’s fervent appeal to the national authorities highlights the unity of all sectors within the KP industry against what they perceive as a grave injustice – the imposition of blended gas. He argues that this policy is fundamentally flawed, unjust and significantly detrimental to the interests of the local industry.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa proudly stands as a net producer of natural gas, contributing a substantial 550 MMCFD to the national gas reserves while utilizing only a fraction of this, 200 MMCFD, for its internal needs, including 35 MMCFD for industrial use. This stark contrast is emphasized by Mr Shah, who points out that Punjab and Sindh consume 57 per cent and 40 per cent of indigenous gas for their industrial sectors, leaving KP and Balochistan with a mere 1.8 per cent. This disparity has persisted for 13 years, denying KP the industrial gas connections it rightfully deserves.
To compound the issue, despite not using RLNG, KP is unfairly subjected to the RLNG and natural gas blended rate, imposing an unjust burden on the province. KPTMA further underscores that the rights of KP, as enshrined in Article 158 of the constitution, guarantee the province the use of its natural gas resources, a promise that remains unfulfilled.
In search of a solution, industrialists earnestly appeal for the implementation of the weighted average cost of gas (WACOG) on a provincial level. This measure would ensure that each province appropriately utilizes its natural resources. The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated, as the KP industry teeters on the brink of collapse, joblessness rises and public unrest increases.
In the prevailing scenario, KPTMA makes a heartfelt plea to the concerned authorities, urging them to intervene with the utmost respect and urgency to avert the impending catastrophe. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s industry now seeks the support of the authorities. The time has come to rectify this long-standing injustice and ensure that KP receives its fair share of gas resources to support its vital industries and the well-being of its people.