Pro­vi­sion of gas in Balochis­tan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SANAULLAH SAMAD

Balochis­tan is the back­bone of Pak­istan, as it is full of natural re­sources. Natural gas is also giv­ing many ad­van­tages to the ci­ti­zens of the Pak­istan. Natural gas was dis­cov­ered at Sui gas field in 1952 and by 1955 is be­ing supplied to dif­fer­ent cities of the coun­try. To­day Sui gas is the back­bone of Pak­istan’s econ­omy, lo­cated in Dera Bugti. Un­for­tu­nately Balochis­tan is the most back­ward province and Dera Bugti is the most un­de­vel­oped part of the province.

The sad­den­ing news is that still many places of Balochis­tan are with­out gas. The first prov­inces were Pun­jab and Sindh, who were supplied from Sui gas. Af­ter 60 years only 14 towns of Balochis­tan are en­joy­ing this fa­cil­ity to date. Oth­er­wise the town Sui, it­self does not have gas, which is only 4 miles away from the gas dis­cov­ery city. The peo­ple are com­pelled to use wood and coal as fuel and fac­ing many prob­lems.

Not only that, only 10 per­cent pop­u­la­tion of Balochis­tan is en­joy­ing gas sup­ply, while the rest of the province is de­prived of gas. Th­ese days many prom­ises are be­ing made for the de­vel­op­ment of Gwadar. The sad­den­ing news is that Gwadar is fac­ing many prob­lems in­clud­ing clean wa­ter and gas. Due to non­avail­abil­ity of gas here the peo­ple are forced to buy wood, coal and petrol to meet their fuel needs. CPEC is also present in Gwadar and our lead­ers have promised that CPEC is full of ad­van­tage for Gwadar and Pak­istan. It will bring a vi­tal change for the peo­ple of Gwadar. But we have not seen any changes oc­cur­ring in Gwadar.

To­day Balochis­tan is not get­ting any ben­e­fits from its own natural re­sources. It is the re­spon­si­ble of govern­ment and con­cern author­i­ties to give equal rights to the poor peo­ple of Balochis­tan. The con­cern author­i­ties should pro­vide gas and other fa­cil­i­ties in whole of Balochis­tan so that peo­ple could live peace­fully. — Via email

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