Any new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 158 to be dis­as­trous: KCCI, BMG

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The lead­er­ship of Busi­ness­men Group & Of­fice Bear­ers of the Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI), while com­ment­ing on re­cent me­dia re­ports with re­gards to the forth­com­ing meet­ing of Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­est (CCI) and its agenda per­tain­ing to RLNG and Ar­ti­cle 158 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, opined that the Ar­ti­cle 158 is very clear and any new in­ter­pre­ta­tion to this would be dis­as­trous for the fed­er­a­tion as this three liner ar­ti­cle clearly states that it is the pre­rog­a­tive of gas us­age of the prov­ince where it is be­ing ex­plored.

In a joint state­ment, Chair­man BMG and For­mer Pres­i­dent KCCI Siraj Kas­sam Teli, Vice Chair­men BMG & For­mer Pres­i­dents KCCI Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Moti­wala, Ha­roon Fa­rooki and An­jum Nisar, Pres­i­dent KCCI Younus Muham­mad Bashir, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan and Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI Muham­mad Naeem Sharif pointed that Sindh, by grace of Al­lah, con­trib­utes 73 per­cent of the coun­try's to­tal gas and it is be­ing sub­jected to the quota of 29 per­cent which also in­cludes gas for Balochis­tan, sup­plies to Power Houses at Jamshoro and to K-Elec­tric for power gen­er­a­tion while the in­dus­try of Sindh is left with a mea­ger amount of gas.

They com­mented that Karachi, which con­trib­utes more than 65 per­cent in the na­tional rev­enue, more than 30 per­cent in terms of ex­ports, and de­spite be­ing a com­mer­cial hub, is sub­jected to this kind of treat­ment. "Karachi, with all its law & or­der and se­cu­rity prob­lems, con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute mega por­tion in the na­tional econ­omy and the in­dus­tries of Karachi suf­fer due to dis- crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tude by the fed­eral govern­ment", they said, adding that with this kind of share in the na­tional econ­omy, the fed­eral govern­ment should have come for­ward and amended the quota for Sindh as per mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tion in the na­tional ex­che­quer.

They felt de­pressed that in­stead of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, fed­eral govern­ment is try­ing to re­duce what they called 'un­jus­ti­fied quota' as ac­cord­ing to the true in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 158, Sindh should be al­lowed to use as much gas as it re­quires. If this at­ti­tude would have been adopted, Karachi to­day would not have se­cu­rity and law & or­der prob­lems as, many more in­dus­tries would have come up and the ques­tion of un­em­ploy­ment, which is the ba­sic rea­son be­hind the men­ace of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, would have never arisen, they added.

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