Islamabad has not put the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline on the back burner and the project will be completed by 2016, said Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain while responding to lawmakers’ questions in the Senate question hour on Wednesday.
The government is committed to the timely completion of the pipeline project to meet its energy requirements, the minister said. Various national and international lenders have shown their consent for financing the project and the country is on track to complete it within the stipulated time, he added. With the completion of the pipeline, the country will save $1 billion per year, taking total savings during the project’s 25-year contract period to $25 billion, the minister said.
Discrimination in appointments
On a query regarding discrimination in appointments made in Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), the minister said that 1,148 people have been appointed in the two companies since 2008.
In SSGC, 112 executives and 239 subordinates were appointed from all provinces while 163 executives and 935 subordinates were appointed from all provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Fata and the federal capital in SNGPL.
The directorate general of Hajj in Jeddah has hired 47 buildings, with a cumulative capacity of 18,794 pilgrims, in the ‘white’ category, at a cost of 3,600 Saudi riyals per person, said Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah while responding to a question.
An additional 55 buildings are being hired, with a cumulative capacity of 30,522 pilgrims, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2012.