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    Pakistani government raises the price of gas to benefit the kuffar

    Pakistani government raises the price of gas to benefit the kuffar

    On the 17th of March the Pakistan government announced increases in gas tariffs ranging from 14% to 37% for commercial and industrial consumers and also for domestic consumers who utilise more than 100 cubic metres per month. These increases were made to conform to the demands of the IMF in order to assist in qualifying for a second tranche under the US$596 Million Stand By Arrangement (SBA). The government seeks to fulfil IMF demands though realising that they only demand what is in their interest, irrespective of whether it is in the interest of the Ummah. The natural gas of this land is not the property of the IMF that it should make any demands regarding it. Nor is it the property of the Musharraf Government that it should be free to do with it as it pleases. Rather, natural gas is the property of the Ummah and must be used for the benefit of the Ummah alone.

    The first major increase in the price of gas came in August 1999, when the gas tariff was increased from 21% to 34% for the various consumer groups. It was then followed by a further increase of 15% in July 2000, made by the current government. As a result, the price of gas for consumers has risen by a total of 36% to 50% over the past eighteen months. The hardship of increasing gas prices is not limited to those who pay the gas bills. Any increase in gas prices contributes to a general increase in the prices of daily use items since commercial and industrial users of gas will necessarily pass on their increased costs to their customers. Added to this, the power sector will also need to increase rates to accommodate their costs as the present water crises has reduced hydroelectric power generation from the dams thereby increasing dependence on thermal power. So why are the people being subjected to such increasing hardships? The 15 billion rupees raised from increasing prices will not go towards improving the quality of service to the people, but rather much of this revenue will be handed over to the kuffar under the pretext of paying off foreign loans. The Musharraf government has set debt rationalisation as one of its major objectives and the increase in the prices of natural gas is directly concerned with this. But the government's plan is much wider than just benefiting the kuffar through the increased revenue that is raised. The true purpose of the increase in gas rates is to improve the financial position of the government-owned utilities that are responsible for extracting the gas and distributing it to consumers. Raising the income of the gas utilities makes them more attractive financially, and so improves their prospects for privatisation. And by selling off the gas utilities the government will be able to earn an even larger amount of money; and this larger revenue is also to be given over to the kuffar in the name of further debt reduction. The kuffar are expected to benefit not only from all the money that is to be given to them, but also from all future gas revenue since it is highly likely that the buyers of these gas utilities will be foreign multinationals owned by the kuffar. Therefore, the government plan envisages that the Ummah will lose to the kuffar; firstly, the revenue from increased gas prices, secondly, the money from selling the gas utilities, and thirdly, the gas utilities themselves along with all future gas revenues. However, this alone will not be enough to pay off the mountainous foreign debt, which currently stands at $38 billion since, at most, the sale of gas utilities will raise only $3 billion. This is why Altaf Saleem, Minister for Privatisation, has indicated that before the tenure of the current government is up he hopes to privatise or liquidate 50% of public sector enterprises – amongst which are PTCL, PIA, WAPDA, the Thar coal fields and other public utilities. And each of these privitisations is also likely to be preceded by utility price increases as with the increase in gas rates.

    The concept of privatisation, whereby the state sells off public properties, emerges from the idea of freedom of ownership inherent in the Western Capitalist ideology. Freedom of ownership is portrayed by the West as a high ideal, allowing every man to own what he likes. But in reality this is an extremely unjust and oppressive concept, which allows the few with immense wealth to take what they want and deprives the many with less wealth who are unable to compete with the rich capitalists. Vast public assets such as gas deposits, oil wells, mineral deposits, rivers, power generating plants etc. are needed by people generally and so should be placed in common ownership for all people to use and access. But the concept of freedom of ownership allows a small minority to purchase such public properties and exploit them for their own benefit at the expense of the masses who remain dependent on such properties. So, in Capitalism, great wealth generates yet greater wealth. And the rich Capitalists end up not only dominating the public assets of the country, but also manipulating their governments to further secure their interests at the expense of the masses. In this way the capitalists are able to devise the best policies for the growth of their capital whether it is invested in public utilities or other financial products owned by them. Consequently, the entire wealth of the nation becomes concentrated in their hands. Once this is achieved, they then look towards increasing their profits by establishing their hegemony in other countries.

    Islam has distinguished between private property, which can be owned by individuals or organisations and public property, which is owned by all the people in the community and is to be supervised by the state on behalf of the people. The Prophet (saw) has said,

    "Muslims are partners in three things: in water, pastures and the fire" (Abu dawd). In another hadith narrated from Abu Hurairah (ra) the Prophet (saw) said,

    "Three things are not prevented from (the people); water, the pastures and the fire" (Ibn Majah). Also, what was reported about Abyad b. Hammal that the noble Messenger (saw) granted him land in Yemen but he (saw) took it back when it became clear to him that it contained vast mineral wealth. From these evidences and others a divine illah can be deduced for the partnership of the people in all properties that are indispensable for the community generally. Therefore, the legislator Allah (swt) has absolutely forbidden the private ownership of public properties such as gas fields, oil wells, forests, rivers, railways etc. and it is haram for the government of Pakistan to privatise these. Furthermore Islam has also made it haram for the kuffar to have any authority over our properties or economic activities. Allah (swt) says

    {‘And never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (sabeel) over the believers ‘)

    The truth of the matter is that as long as the Muslim ummah is ruled by kufr regimes that implement capitalism upon her and allow the kafir colonialist to rob her of her assets the Muslims will be unable to escape the domination of the kuffar over her lands. The way to reverse this humiliating situation is to uproot capitalism in all its forms by re-establishing the Khilafah State. The Khilafah state unlike our present rulers will not handover the public properties of the ummah to the capitalists, but will protect the ummah's properties by ejecting all multinational companies from her lands. The Khilafah state will pursue a policy of self-reliance by investing in the public utilities and making them grow so that they can be used for the betterment of the ummah. Thus the Khilafah state in a short period of time will become a powerful state ready to liberate humanity from the enslavement of capitalism and return it to Islam.

    Hizb ut-Tahrir



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