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Gas Cut At Pakistani Prime Minister's Residence For Unpaid Bills

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week ordered officials to get tough on gas-payment defaulters in order to recover unpaid bills.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week ordered officials to get tough on gas-payment defaulters in order to recover unpaid bills.

Pakistan’s natural-gas supplier has cut deliveries to the prime minister's official residence and the national parliament secretariat because of unpaid bills.

An official from the state-run Sui North Gas Pipeline company said on April 29 there was an outstanding bill of about $48,000 for gas deliveries to Prime Minister Nawar Sharif's residence.

He said bills totaling more than $200,000 were overdue for gas supplies to the parliament secretariat, offices of legislators, a federal court, and other government buildings.

The cuts are an embarrassment for Sharif, who ordered officials last week to get tough on gas-payment defaulters in order to recover unpaid bills.

Sharif, whose party won parliamentary elections in 2013, has promised to end an energy crisis in Pakistan that causes power outages lasting up to 12 hours a day.
With reporting by dpa
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