Karachi bombing creates gas shortage

April 2, 2013 at 5:51 AM
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KARACHI, Pakistan, April 2 (UPI) -- Parts of southern Pakistan were without natural gas supplies after suspected militants bombed a 22-inch diameter gas pipeline, a gas company spokesman said.

An unnamed spokesman for the Sui Northern Gas Co. said part of a natural gas pipeline was destroyed in a militant attack. That left consumers in parts of Karachi with a natural gas shortage, the Daily Times, a Pakistani newspaper, reports.

There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.

The SNGC spokesman said the bombing created a 190-million-cubic-foot shortfall in the natural gas pipeline system. Repair work was under way, though no estimate on when service would resume was announced.

Pakistan is struggling to cope with a lingering energy crisis because of a shortage of natural gas. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met last month at the countries' border to mark the start of construction in Pakistan for a $7.5 billion natural gas pipeline from Iran.

The project has faced a series of delays since it was proposed in the 1990s. The United States has opposed the plan because of the potential financial benefit to Iran and its nuclear program.

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