Closure of CNG stations: IHC to announce case’s verdict today

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will announce today (Thursday) its verdict on stay orders for the supply of natural gas to CNG stations in the Potohar region, including the twin cities, three days a week.
A single member bench of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had reserved the judgement after hearing the concluding arguments of the counsel of the federation and owners of CNG stations.
Earlier, the court in its order said, “Previous order through which all the CNG stations of Islamabad and Rawalpindi regions were allowed to operate for three days a week shall continue to hold its field and fresh order imposing a complete ban on the supply of CNG shall remain suspended until the final decision of the case.”
“Prima-facie, contentions of the petitioners are not only reasonable, but supported by the fact that in all the provinces CNG stations are allowed to operate at least for three days a week,” Justice Siddiqui observed in his order.
In December 2013, the government suspended gas supply to the CNG stations in the Potohar region for three months, which was challenged in the IHC by 77 CNG station owners. The IHC had directed the Petroleum Ministry to supply gas to all the CNG stations of the Potohar region, including the twin cities.

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