Provinces say centre has no right to decide on LNG imports

Three provinces (Sindh, KPK, Balochistan) have closed ranks to defend their position and counter the federal government in relation to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import policy.
They argue that the central government has no right to take decision on gas import, saying such matters should be placed before the Council of Common Interests (CCI) – an inter-provincial body – so that provinces have a proper say
Now, the federal government has agreed to table the LNG policy before the CCI for review. However, Punjab, governed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is also at the helm in the centre, has expressed its reservations, insisting that the federal government does not require CCI’s go-ahead for LNG imports.
Published in The Express Tribune, 18th May, 2017.