ISLAMABAD - Succumbing to the pressure of foreign countries, government is seriously contemplating to withdraw ban imposed on the import of CNG cylinders and kits in the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) meeting, it has learnt on Saturday.

Sources told The Nation that several countries including Japan, Italy and Argentina had shown concerns over the government’s decision of imposing ban on import of CNG kits and cylinders in the country. The decision was taken to discourage usage of CNG in the country, which according to government officials is creating gas shortage.

The diplomats of Japan, Italy and Argentina had reportedly asked the government to withdraw ban recently imposed on the import of CNG cylinders and kits. Sources were of the view that Ministry of Industries would move a summary to Economic Coordination Committee of cabinet seeking withdrawal of ban imposed on the import of CNG cylinders and kits. According to sources some foreign diplomats hold meeting with the high officials of Ministries Industries, Production, Commerce, Petroleum and Natural Resources and others to ask them to withdraw this ban to facilitate foreign investors.

In a latest development, the Ambassador of Japan Hiro Shi OE in a meeting with Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim has said that Japanese investors are facing problems due to Pakistan’s decision of imposing ban on the imports of CNG kits. He demanded of the government to revisit its decision.

The diplomats have reportedly asked the government that they had invested billion of rupees in this sector (CNG kits and cylinders) and it would give wrong message to the foreign investors if government does not lift the ban.

It worth mentioning here that government had imposed ban on the import of CNG kits and cylinders in order to discourage usage of environment-friendly fuel in the country. Apart from imposing ban on importing CNG kits and cylinders, the government is also increasing prices of CNG to further discourage it in the country.