Urgent action is needed as oil and gas reserves of Pakistan are going to India due to lack of exploration

It is something that is raising a lot of red flags.

A document known as HELP (Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy), which is a successful way of self-reliance in the oil and gas section, was authored by Arshad H Abbasi. Abbasi is an engineering expert on energy production who’s currently associated with SDPI.

He recently pointed out that the government of Pakistan has been neglecting the regions close to Rajasthan, India for prospection and production affairs for gas as well as oil deposits. Even though Pakistan is well aware of the fact that India has been manufacturing more than 175,000 barrels every day on its side of the border, it is something that raises a lot of red flags.

The underlying question is why Pakistan has been neglecting its exploration and production activities in a particular zone? And, why the government is not active for such activities after knowing the fact that the oil and gas reserves of Pakistan are eventually going to the Indian side?

Many people across the world, hailing from financial and energy sections, have praised the HELP document, including G.A Sabri, former engineer at Petroleum Ministry, Mian Farrukh Mahmood, an international advisor for Energy and Climate Change, Tahir Basharat Cheema, former Managing Director Pepco, Dr Salman Shah, current Punjab government advisor Finance and Development and more.

Rajasthan became an attraction in 2009:

According to sources, it is also highlighted that out of all the petroleum-producing regions, Rajasthan, India was considered a backward region, and it was nothing more than a desert till 2009. The Indian State of Rajasthan gained popularity right after oil was discovered by the Indian government, and it is currently producing around 175,000 barrels per day (BPD).

As mentioned in the HELP documentary, Pakistani companies have ignored the areas close to the border, and therefore, Tatot (a moderate sector of Rajasthan) that is almost 10 km away from the border will most likely become a significant oil production field for India soon.

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