Gas pipeline blown up near Rahim Yar Khan [DailyTimes] 29 Jan, 2020

Suspected militants blew up a major gas pipeline near Sindh-Punjab border, disrupting gas supply to many areas, an official said on Tuesday.The pipeline, which was exploded using a time device, is an act of terrorism, Sohail Gulzar, a senior official at the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL), told reporters.The explosion – latest in a series of similar incidents in recent past – took place on late Monday night, he added.The company, he said, was awaiting security agencies’ clearance to begin the repair work.The incident coincides with ongoing talks between Pakistan and Russia in Islamabad on a $2 billion North-South Gas Pipeline Project aimed at catering the energy needs of the country. There was no immediate word of responsibility for the incident, however, security agencies point finger at suspected militants that have been involved in such attacks in the recent years.Sindh produces 70% of the country’s total gas supplies followed by Balochistan province, whose share is around 20%.Meanwhile, a wanted terrorist along with his two companions was killed in an operation in Pahar Khel Pakka area of District Lakki Marwat on Tuesday.According to reports quoting DPO Tank, terrorist named Inamullah was involved in several heinous crimes including attack on civilians bus in Amakhel area in which 11 passengers were martyred.During the operation, two police officials also sustained injuries, who were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Lakki Marwat for medical treatment.

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