Crippling Gas Shortage in Balochistan – TBP Editorial

Must Read

Genocide is the only option in Balochistan – Pakistani Minister declares

A Pakistani minister in Balochistan, who is de-jure head of security apparatus in the region, has declared that genocide...

Aslam Baloch — The Baloch General – TBP Special report

For seventy years, through ups and downs, successes and failures, with rapid and slow pace, the Balochistan’s...

State’s deadly weapon, Shafiq Mengal – The Balochistan Post report

Strings of suicide bombing in Sindh's Shikarpur city and firing incident on BSO azad's rally in Khuzdar got connected...

Due to its continental climatic conditions, Balochistan suffers from extreme weather throughout the year. In upper highlands of Balochistan the summers are very hot but similarly the temperature easily and often falls below the freezing point in winters. Temperatures below -15 °C during winters are not uncommon in various parts of Balochistan.

Each year the snowfall and showers coupled with strong westerly winds wreak havoc, causing debilitating consequences for local people. But like many other facilities, the region is ill-equipped to deal with such extreme weather conditions.

Balochistan, a region with rich exhaustible and renewable resources, is the major supplier of natural gas to whole of Pakistan. The Sui Gas field, located in Dera Bugti, has enormous natural gas reserves and has been providing more than 50% of Pakistan’s total output of natural gas since early 1950s. A sophisticated system of pipes take 800mmscf of natural gas, daily from Sui Gas Field’s 87 wells, thousands of miles into the industrial zones of Punjab. But even the domestic consumers in Dera Bugti town, which is only few miles away from the gas field, have not been able to take the benefit of its own natural resources. The locals to this day resort on chopping trees down to fulfil their energy needs.

This is not limited to Dera Bugti only. In fact, only a mere four districts out of 33 in Balochistan get direct gas supply: Quetta, Ziarat, Mastung and Kalat. Even that supply suffers from reduction in gas pressure and load-shedding in winter months. Amid freezing temperatures, gas pressure reduction, load shedding and lack of facilities add to the miseries of the people and citizens face difficulties in severe cold every year.

Locals take to the streets and opposition politicians raise the issue in legislative assemblies every year. But things are only changing for worse. Despite the new major natural gas reservoirs that were discovered last year at Shekhri, in Kalat district of Balochistan, containing reserves of 1 Trillion cubic feet, the gas supply to the four districts of Balochistan is depleting each year. This is due to channelling of existing gas supply to Punjab and Sindh provinces due to increased demand in those areas.

This and many other issues only confirm the stance of Baloch nationalist politicians that the resources of region are being exploited and “plundered” by the state, while the local people of Balochistan enjoy no benefit of their own natural resources.

Balochistan shall have precedence in meeting its requirements from its own natural resources. Any other arrangements without the consent of Baloch people will only increase the disgruntlement and projects such as China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be seen as exploitative projects.

Latest News

Pashteen barred from Balochistan; prevented from condoling with Achakzai’s family

Manzoor Pashteen, head of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement, was barred from entering Balochistan. He was traveling with...

BNM Germany zone protests in solidarity with the families of the missing persons of Balochistan

Baloch National Movement (BNM) Germany zone held a protest in Berlin, the capital of Germany, in solidarity with the protesting families of...

Outpost of Pakistani forces attacked in Kharan, BRA claims the responsibility

An outpost of Pakistani forces was attacked in Kharan area of Balochistan, on Saturday. Baloch armed group BRA has now claimed the...

Balochistan: Shutter down strike observed against ANP leader’s murder

Shutter down strike observed in Northern areas of Balochistan including the capital Quetta against the murder of ANP leader.

Saudi condemns US intelligence reporting incriminating MBS for Khashoggi’s murder

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has categorically denied and condemned the US intelligence report incriminating the de factor ruler Prince Muhammad Bin...