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Pakistan's probe into Qatar gas deal risks worsening power cuts

PM Khan caught between pledge to rid corruption and country's energy needs

The government's probe into alleged corruption in a gas deal the previous administration signed with Qatar could backfire if much-needed imports are halted.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's new administration is investigating alleged corruption over a gas import deal the previous government signed with Qatar, but critics said the move is risky for Prime Minister Imran Khan at a time of serious energy shortage as winter sets in.

The deal worth at least $16 billion was signed early 2016 under the government of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Under the terms, Qatar would export liquefied natural gas to Pakistan to help it meet demand and provide relief to consumers in the energy-starved country.

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