QUETTA - An 18-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up in Pat Feeder area of Jaffarabad on Wednesday, suspending gas supply to CNG stations in Sindh and Balochistan for 36 hours.According to a spokesman for Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), unidentified gunmen fitted explosives beneath an 18-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pat Feeder near Uch. The explosives went off with a big bang, destroying a large portion of the pipeline, he added.The spokesman said the pipeline was injecting about 114-MMCFD gas to the SSGC system. Following the blast, the SSGC has announced 36-hour closure of gas supply to all CNG stations in Sindh and Balochistan. The repair work of the damaged pipeline would be started after security clearance.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 05-Jan-2012 here.