ISLAMABAD - The line losses of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) - a natural gas distribution company - increased during last five years while the losses of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) slightly decreased, government told National Assembly on Friday.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Petroleum Division, the percentage of unaccounted for gas (UFG) losses of SSGCL was 8.43 percent in July 2013. In July 2017, these losses swelled to 13.24 percent. SNGPL saw a decrease of around 3 percent and the losses reduced to 8.07 percent from previous 11.17 percent, recorded in July 2013. Unaccounted for Gas UFG) is a civilised term for gas theft, usually carried out with the connivance of the staff.

The Ministry of Petroleum insisted that the gas distribution companies told OGRA that UFG is not only theft by consumers and non-consumers but it also wasted due to leakages, measurement errors, size and age of network, law and order situation in different areas, increase in gas price, and effect of power outage on buried steel pipelines.

It is worth mentioning that SNGPL itself admitted a loss of 9.21 percent this year. Replying another question, Minister of State for Petroleum Division Jam Kamal Khan said that commercial gas connections are provided at specific premises for specific purpose and if someone shift his shop or business from one place to another he has to carry out all procedures again. He can obtain new commercial gas connection at new premises (on RLNG basis) after disconnection of connection at old premises and after clearance of all outstanding dues. Khan said 5.3 kilometer long line damaged by floods, which had to be completed by July 2017, as per revised date, now it would be completed by June 2018, subject to the approval of TMA.

State Minister for Science and Technology Mir Dostain Khan Domki told National Assembly that Pakistan Council of Research found 20 out of 22 water samples unfit for drinking due to bacteria, from areas Akora Khattak, Khairabad, Nizampur, Labor Colony Amangar, and Nowshera Kalan. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said that a total of 1,455 transgender has been registered in Electoral Rolls. He said in 2011, on directions of Supreme Court, Nadra started registering shemales under Male-Eunuch, Female-Eunuch and Khunsa-e-Mushkil categories.

He said it has come to his knowledge that before year 2012, several transgender had obtained NICs on the basis of only available gender categories male or female. However, later on NICs were issued to transgender on the basis of abovementioned three categories of gender. He said the government may grant special incentives if consider necessary, to such transgenders, who are registered as voter in any shape as per recommendations of the parliament.