Download Now the Pakistan Supreme Court's May 2003 ruling directing that public transportation vehicles use Compressed Natural Gas as fuel.
|CNG for transportation is a basic human right. The Supreme Court itself has ordered Government of Pakistan to promote CNG in public transportation for environmental benefits.
Use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in public transportation vehicles corresponds to a basic human right supported by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. It is also mandated by the Pakistan Supreme Court in a court order. You can obtain the court order from our website HERE, and Supreme Court's relevant Court Register HERE. You may also download the Supreme Court's suo moto ruling from the Court's website HERE.
Karachi - January 24, 2012. Qamar Naqvi's interview on Biz Today, KTN Television with Zohaib Kaka
Mr. Qamar Naqvi, Chief Executive of ExiPromo International and Vice Chairman Sindh CNG Association stated that the given the health benefits of using CNG as fuel in public transportation, such CNG use is a basic human right of all Pakistanis. Mr. Naqvi hoped that being a medical doctor and owner of a large hospital in Karachi, the highly educated Dr. Asim Hussain, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, would appreciate it more than most other Government of Pakistan officials, and even the Pakistan Supreme Court has issued an order in May 2003 to convert public transport vehicles to CNG. [ CLICK HERE to see the video section with Qamar Naqvi's interview; or click here to see full KTN TV interview (you may have to skip the first 2:30 minutes of the video].
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ( ESCAP), through its Transportation Division, published studies favoring the use of CNG in public transportation. The CNG cylinders are to be tested under the requirements of International Organization for Standardization standard ISO 11439.
Mr. Naqvi made a very significant reference to the Pakistan Supreme Court's order dated May 23, 2003, in which the Honorable Court ruled that the use of CNG in public transportation was thereforth mandated to alleviate the highly polluted and smoke-filled environment in the cities. You can download the Supreme Court's order from our website HERE, or directly from the Supreme Court's website here.
Editor's Note: January 27, 2012. Islamabad. Barely Three Days after Mr. Qamar Naqvi's interview was televised, Dr. Asim Hussain made a press statement here in which he appears to have dropped his earlier opposition to the use of CNG. Apparently, Dr. Hussain now agrees that the use of CNG in public transportation cannot be barred, as it was a basic human right [perhaps referring to breathing clean air].
|Mr. Qamar Naqvi on Awami Express, Waqt TV Pakistan
of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in public transportation vehicles clears up the
air in Karachi, Lahore,
Islamabad and other major cities in Pakistan.
Karachi - December 13, 2011.
Mr. Qamar Naqvi, Chief Executive of Reda CNG stated that the Government of
Pakistan is completely missing the big picture when it ignores the health
benefits of using CNG as fuel in public transportation. [ CLICK HERE to see the video section with Qamar Naqvi's interview; or click here to see full Waqt TV interview (you may have to skip the first 10
minutes of the video].
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (
ESCAP), through its Transportation Division, published
studies favoring the use of CNG in public transportation.
Since it is difficult to measure an expense that is just not there, it is
understandably difficult to measure the savings in terms of public health from
the significantly reduced fuel emissions that are now seen in Karachi and other large Pakistani
cities. However, if any effort is put into this understanding, perhaps as
an MBA or MPH students project, then one could arguably calculate the savings
by first determining the number of persons reporting illnesses stemming from
poor air quality before the advent of CNG in transportation, and then compare
it to the current situation.
CNG in public transportation is in used worldwide. Countries like Brazil and Argentina
are major players, while the
States is also catching up. Pakistan has been considered a
major and important player in this field, and it is a mistake for a public
official to derate it on unassuming grounds.
Mr. Qamar Naqvi reiterated that the Federal Government of Pakistan must back
off from its anti-CNG stance railroaded upon the nation through the sheer
ignorant state of mind of a few individual officials who have no training in
|Mr. Qamar Naqvi on KTN News TV Pakistan
|Mr. Qamar Naqvi and Dr. Zulfiqar Yousufani discuss solutions to the problem of CNG shortages in Pakistan on KTN News TV.Karachi, December 03, 2011.Mr. Qamar Naqvi, Vice
Chairman of Sindh CNG Association,
has stated that Sindh CNG stations must receive the CNG as it hurts the
public as much as it hurts those who have invested billion of rupees in
modification of their transport vehicles to use CNG. See full
interview here - Part 1, and Part 2. Dr. Zulfiqar Yousufani,
Chairman of Sindh CNG Association,
and Mr. Qamar Naqvi also spoke on the subjects of weekly days off for
CNG in Sindh and its impact on the general public and transporters.It should be noted that Pakistan with its 2.74 million vehicles
currently configured to operate on CNG is the world's largest user of
CNG in public transportation vehicles, followed by Iran, Argentina,
Brazil, India, Italy, and China. The 2.7 million vehicle owners'
investment in configuring their vehicles to operate on CNG has been
estimated at Rs. 135 billion, or nearly US$2.3 billion using the dollar exchange rates prevalent when installed.With its 3,285 CNG filling stations (year 2010), Pakistan has the world's largest CNG infrastructure in place. Pakistani investors have invested Rs. 330 billion (~ US$5 billion) in CNG equipment. In addition, there are business engaged in nearly all fields relating to CNG equipment, including, inter alia,
engineering design and installation firms, repair and service
contractors, and the importers as well exporters of CNG equipment. In
sum, it is estimated that Pakistani public has already invested US$10 billion in the CNG platform for its transportation system.According to the US Government's Energy Information Administration (EIA),
the Natural Gas prices at NY Mercantile Exchange have ranged between $4
to $4.20 per million BTU (last 3 months). The wellhead prices have
ranged from $3.90 to $4.03.
These prices are US Domestic production of natural gas. They do not
apply to Pakistan, where the prices for CNG stations are nearly $7,
while for the fertilizer plants, they are about $0.7 to $1.1.LNG import prices for Japan
are about $5.0. See the full EIA report here.When Pakistan starts getting in LNG from Qatar or Iran, the most
likely prices, due to closeness by ship routes, will be about $5 FOB
Karachi LNG/LPG terminal. After paying for the terminal costs and costs of
their infrastructure, the "COST" will go up to about $7. If these
people want make a profit of 20%, LNG will have to sell at about $8.
This is why those who want to play in the field of imported LNG/LPG will see to it that the CNG prices are forced to go up.
Sui Southern Gas Co. (SSGC) is no longer the sole authority to import
LPG/LNG, when Pakistani
private persons start importing LPG / LNG, the federal government's Oil
and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)
has authorized and / or in the future will authorize a chosen few to
become the main importers and distributors of LPG / LNG. The higher the
price of CNG, the higher the margin will be for these importers. The
transparency that is currently existing in CNG distribution system will
not be seen in LPG / LNG distribution. The competition in the CNG
retail arena has narrowed the profit margins to a bare sustenance level,
whereas for the next several years, the imported fuels are likely to
remain a captive business benefiting the chosen few.There is a reason for the CNG owners to go on strike -there is a bigger reason that the general public also go on protesting.