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Shaukat Tarin Admits Govt Should Have Purchased Gas Cargoes Earlier This Year



The PM’s aide says the government was not in position to buy gas cargoes in time as now the purchasing time was over.

ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News-Nov 24th, 2021) Advisor to PM on Finance Shaukat Tarin admitted that the government should have purchased gas cargoes earlier this year.

Shaukat Tarin said that the government was not in position to buy gas cargoes in time as now the purchasing time was over.

He expressed these views during an interview to a private news channel.

The admission from the PM’s aide came at the moment when gas outages was at the peak in various cities across Pakistan.

Tarin said that Pakistan‘s petroleum and gas imports reaching astonishing $20bn per year as compared to the previous year price of $12bn, adding that Pakistan was paying now $8-9bn more for petroleum and gas imports annually.

He said that market pundits, however, were of the view that gas and petroleum products’ prices would come down by the end of this year or in the beginning of the next year when Coronavirus pandemic started to decline in intensity.

Tarin was of the view that Pakistani companies were supplying gas to the consumers. He also pointed out that a couple of gas discoveries were made in Lakki Marwat but money was required for extraction process.

Tarin said that they had left Pakistan and that the local companies were unable to extract gas as they did not have the required money and were facing issues.



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