Gas theft: APTPMA seeks withdrawal of 'false' FIRs
The Executive Committee of All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) has urged the Chief Minister to direct the SNGPL to withdraw false FIRs, legal and departmental actions against S.A Baig Textile Industries and Ittefaq Eng with respect to false cases of gas theft.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2013
An Executive Meeting of APTPMA held on Saturday where the Executive Committee members referred to forensic agency report that concluded "the diaphragms were being operated beyond capacity limit due to which it got worn and damaged. No tool marks were found." The Executive Committee members are of the view that this report has further strengthened APTPMA's stance that its member units SA Baig Textile Industries and Ittefaq Eng have been falsely accused in gas and electricity theft. They further said this report clearly points out that the damage has been due to wear and tear and further clearly states that no tool marks were found which means that no tampering was done.
It may be noted that the SNGPL admitted that the gas meters of SA Baig Textile Industries and Ittefaq Eng were supposed to be tested and inspected on 10:30am, 2nd September 2013; however, these meters were unsealed, tested and inspected on Sat, 31st August 2013 instead of Mon, 2nd September 2013 without notice and in absence of the representatives of the SA Baig Textile Industries. The Chief Minister had expressed his utmost displeasure on this illegal act.
In light of this illegal act of SNGPL, the Chief Minister further directed that a second opinion regarding the authenticity of the first disputed testing report of SA Baig Textile Industries should be taken by SNGPL by getting the meter checked from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency.
They said the meter has now been checked by the forensic agency and it has been concluded by the lab report that "the diaphragms were being operated beyond capacity limit due to which it got worn and damaged. No tool marks were found". The APTPMA members said they are looking forward to the justice from the Chief Minister in this regard.