LAHORE - The All Pakistan CNG Association on Friday expressed serious reservations over role of gas distribution companies in the on-going campaign against electricity and gas theft.

“Gas utility companies have been victimising innocents to hide their own inefficiencies, corruption and UFG losses,” claimed APCNGA.

The gas companies have been misguiding district administrations and Ogra to safeguard the interests of big gas fish involved in massive theft, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.

He said that gas companies install faulty metres by themselves, their staff gets the reading from metres and they decide about theft and action. The utilities have been playing ‘Judge, jury and executioner’ which is not acceptable, he added.

Ministry of petroleum should take note of the situation and stop the gas companies from this exploitation of the business community, he demanded.

Ghiyas Paracha said that gas companies are bent upon failing the drive of the government to nab the influential partly responsible for the energy crisis to ensure continuity of their undocumented income.

On the other hand, he said, innocent are being squeezed to hide inefficiency and corruption and to boost the annual income.

Paracha said that it is amazing that many gas theft cases have been registered in last few months but not a single official involved in it has been brought to the book despite the known fact that a consumer cannot steal energy without consent of officials concerned.

He said that those who took gas connection to run their mills but started generating electricity illegally are also gas thieves but not a single of them has been arrested and no one of them would ever be questioned.

APCNGA demanded gas meter reading through a third party and completion of all the process according to the provisions of law.