KARACHI - Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here on Thursday and discussed various outstanding issues between the Sindh government and the federal government.

Abbasi met Shah at Chief Minister’s House and had a detailed discussion with him on issues such as gas load-shedding and gas development surcharge (GDS).

Shah told Abbasi that a delegation of industrialists met him recently. They had serious reservations about suspension of gas supplies to the industry that was being described as gas holiday by the government.

“The industrial sector is the backbone of our economy and we must redress their grievances by managing gas load. Sindh must be given gas of its share as prescribed in the constitution.”

The federal minister assured the Sindh chief minister that he would redress the grievances of the industrial sector of Sindh.

Shah said the provincial government should be given due representation in state-owned oil and gas companies. He said that after the 18th constitutional amendment the provinces were share holders in oil, gas and other natural resources with the centre. He also raised the issue of GDS with the federal minister and said that it would be taken up with the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Separately, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday urged local government representatives to remove encroachments from their areas. “Encroachments have defaced our cities, towns and villages and created serious traffic problems,” he said while talking to Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon. He directed the chief secretary to issue necessary instructions to district administrations to cooperate with local government representatives for removal of encroachments from roads, streets, drains and bus stops.

He said that district administrations had been carrying out operations against land grabbers and encroachers on their own or with the help of the anti-encroachment force. He said these operations must continue.