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Of gas and other Demons

A hot shower is now a luxury in Pakistan. The new gas tariff is hurting not only consumers but the government as well. The media is asking tough questions from the government and the government is visibly disturbed. Like always, the elephant of seventy percent less well-off Pakistanis remains invisible and a government is being attacked for finally doing something right. No government has ever been hurt by the fact that piped gas has been made available to less than one third citizens, favouring the most prosperous sections of society and geographical areas. The remaining seventy percent cook using open fires or simple stoves fuelled by kerosene, biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and firewood. According to WHO, each year close to four million people die worldwide prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices. We can safely assume that thousands of such deaths occur in Pakistan. Pneumonia is a major killer of children under

Balochistan received Rs23.9bn oil and gas royalty in five years

By/ APP / February 11, 2019 ISLAMABAD:  Balochistan has been given Rs23.9 billion royalty on account of oil and gas during the last five years. According to the official data, the gas and oil royalty of Rs23.8 billion and Rs0.09 billion was paid to the province from the year 2013-14 to 2017-18. Meanwhile, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) paid Rs11.488 billion excise duty and general sales tax during the period under review, while Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL) deposited Rs25.922 billion on account of the taxes. During the five-year period, the SNGPL provided around 128,909 new domestic and 337 commercial gas connections in the federal capital, while 24 private housing societies have applied for the provision of new gas connections. The two state companies are working to reinforce existing gas transmission network in their respective areas by laying around 12,898km additional transmission and distribution pipelines to give 1,121,295 gas connections to new domesti

The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement after one Year: Killing of Arman Luni

Prateek Joshi, Research Associate, VIF February 11 , 2019   View:  51  Comments:  0 In yet another instance of the state-directed intimidation, the death of a senior Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) activist Arman Loni on 2nd February has sparked protests across Pakistan's Pashtun belt. Loni was killed after the police attacked a peaceful sit-in in Balochistan's Loralai region. The sit-in began on January 30 to urge the authorities to prevent attacks in Balochistan, a day after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) militants attacked the office of a DIG in Loralai, resulting in nine deaths (including three policemen) and injuring 21 others. 1 Along with Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan too has been the hotbed of the PTM as approximately half of its population consists of Pashtuns. Besides FATA, the Pashtuns of Balochistan are also subjected to profiling by the state agencies after Operation Zarb-e-Azb resulted in th