Pakistan's energy woes

July 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Pakistan's energy sector is bedeviled by both massive theft and terrorist attacks.

On July 24 The News Online quoted a highly placed source in the country's power sector that power thefts in Karachi and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas cost the country revenue losses of $227.4 million annually.

The source added that the power distribution companies cover the losses by shifting the shortfall to consumers who pay their bills, commenting, "This amount is going to further increase with the installation of 10 steel furnaces in the tribal areas. Although, the owners of these furnaces will reap windfall profits by evading power bills, the public is going to suffer more."

Besides fiscal theft, Pakistan's energy infrastructure also suffers from terrorist attacks. On July 23 police said that militants blew up a 30-foot section of a 16-inch natural gas transmission line in Khayari village in Faiz Gunj in Khairpur district, forcing the suspension of gas supplies to Sukkur and Rohri.

Bomb Disposal Squad Inspector Malik Tahir said that the explosive device was locally made and contained 25 pounds of explosives.

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