​Huge oil, gas and power theft in Pakistan: FIA

February 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has detected over Rs5bn worth of gas, electricity and oil theft during its raids across Pakistan since July 2013, officials from the agency told members of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics yesterday.

“Around Rs900m have been recovered from oil, gas and power thieves in the same period,” senior FIA officials said. 

As many as 754 firms have been registered against illegal power users across the country and 715 of the accused have been arrested so far, they added.

The Senate panel was informed that the largest volume of power theft was reported from Punjab.

FIA Director Administration Tariq Butt revealed that a raiding team traced the largest gas theft to a single factory in Sheikhupura, which amounted to Rs2bn. 

“The factory owner was even generating electricity from the illegal gas connection through a 1MW generator,” he said.

Butt said oil theft was particularly high because of a lack of any transparent transport mechanism.