Kohat: Even in the summers, political and social groups have condemned excessive gas loadshedding in the resource-rich Kohat district. Amjid Afridi, a Pakistan Peoples Party MP from the PK-80 constituency, told reporters here on Friday that Kohat produced 500mmBtu (million British thermal units) of gas but its overall demand was only 245mmBtu.

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He warned that if the government did not change its ways, the country’s gas supply would be cut off from the local pipeline. On October 7, he announced, a public meeting in Kohat would be convened to criticise the gas and electrical loadshedding.

Previously, gas loadshedding was only done in the winter, but now the people of Kohat are experiencing disruptions in the summer as well. Gas supply was frequently interrupted in the mornings in the city, Chakar Kot, Togh Bala, and Payan, Bahawalnagar, Bahadar Kot, and Paracha Town, according to Mr Afridi.

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According to the MPA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa produced cheap hydroelectricity, but inhabitants experienced long power outages and had to pay exorbitant power bills. People were fed up with the present rulers’ rising inflation and unemployment, he claimed.

People have been compelled to use expensive LPG owing to gas interruptions, according to social worker Shakir Bangash.

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