ISLAMABAD – Despite the clear directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resource has once again all set to link the price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) with petrol.

An official source in the Petroleum Ministry told on Sunday that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has sent a summary to the Finance Division and Planning Commission for their comments over the new proposal to increase the gas parity between CNG and petrol.

The Source told that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has decided to move the summary to increase the gas parity in the meeting of the Economic coordination Committee of the cabinet which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday (tomorrow).

The source said that petroleum ministry is seeking approval from the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet to increase the gas parity between CNG and petrol to 80-100 per cent.

The source said that this new proposal is clear violation of the Supreme Court direction in which court directed to remove the gas parity between CNG and petrol by stating it unlawful.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier Supreme Court had issued clear direction to remove the gas parity between CNG and Petrol and stated that since CNG is produced locally and has no connection to the international market, operating costs and present profit on CNG prices is against the law.

The court said that CNG prices will not be revised on a weekly basis and said there will be no parity of CNG prices with those of petrol.

Besides this All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) also rejected the proposed gas parity plan by the ministry of petroleum and natural resources and urged Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) not to approve it.

APCNGA said that in the world many countries are promoting CNG as it is environment friendly but our government is going against this mechanism. Gas is our local product therefore government should provide it on cheap rates.