Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital operator, has vehemently rejected the accusations of gas theft leveled against it by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).
Jazz clarified in a statement that it operates over 15,000 towers across Pakistan and does not utilize natural gas at any of its sites, categorically refuting any claims suggesting otherwise. Furthermore, Jazz emphasized that there is no provision for gas usage in any of its diesel power generators deployed at its network sites.
The company went on to point out that even in the image shared by SNGPL allegedly depicting the Karak site in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a diesel generator can be clearly seen, directly contradicting the gas company’s inaccurate assertions. Jazz emphasized that the accusation of gas theft at one of its sites is baseless and without merit.
Jazz highlighted its commitment to ensuring that its electricity and fuel arrangements are entirely legitimate. To this end, the company has established agreements with third-party vendors to exclusively supply diesel fuel for generators at multiple locations. Jazz also underscored its impeccable reputation and the trust placed in it by stakeholders.
The company expressed concern about the negative impact of baseless allegations on investor confidence and the potential harm to the national economy. Jazz urged responsible and evidence-based approaches to such matters, emphasizing the need to protect both foreign investor confidence and national interests.
In response, SNGPL provided further details about the raid, stating that it was conducted earlier in September. The gas company issued a detection bill to Jazz on September 9, alleging pilferage of gas. According to SNGPL, the pilfered gas was being used by a gas-fired engine for electricity generation at the tower site. An FIR has been lodged at the concerned police station, and Jazz has been asked to pay the detection charges within 7 days. Failure to do so may result in legal action under relevant laws.