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Pipeline Blasts: Gas supply partially restored

RAHIMYAR KHAN: Gas supply to domestic consumers in Punjab has been partially restored after repair of a gas line ruptured in Monday's pipeline blasts, ARY News reported on Tuesday. 

The repair work of the gas pipelines damaged in bomb attacks in Rahimyar Khan district in Punjab has been continued for the second day. 

Managing Director Sui Northern Gas  Arif Hameed talking to ARY News has said that the repair work will be completed by 6:00 pm today. 

The blasts at three major gas pipelines disrupted gas supply to industries and domestic consumers in several parts of Punjab. 

Outlawed separatist group Balochistan Republican Army (BRA), claimed responsibility of the series of the gas pipeline blasts. A woman was died in the fire erupted in result of the explosions. 

Managing Director Sui Northern Gas Private Limited (SNGPL) has said that the repair work of the 36" diameter pipeline has been completed. The other two pipelines will be repaired and the gas supplies will be restored by this evening, he added.  

Three pipelines of 36", 18" and 16" inch diameter pipelines were attacked in an act of sabotage. 

M.D. SNGPL has said that two committees have been constituted for inquiry of the incident, which will submit their reports in next four days. 

He said the security of the gas installations have been stepped up.

Rahimyar Khan where the gas pipelines attacked has been in south of Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province and the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

Militants have stepped up their attacks across Pakistan since Prime Minister Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-) has came to power in May 2013.

Pro-Taliban militants and Baloch insurgent groups have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United in the US-led war against terrorism.

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