ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda said Tuesday his bill for gas totalled Rs45,000.

Speaking in Geo News programme Capital Talk, Vawda, associated with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said he has two stoves and a geyser for heating water in his Islamabad residence. He mentioned that he did not even dine there.

In response to anchorperson Hamid Mir’s question, the PTI leader commented that he was not aware of the gas-related expenses at his Karachi residence.

Vawda said there were multiple issues, including theft of gas worth Rs50 billion and gas companies’ liabilities amounting to Rs157 billion, but shirked from taking responsibility for the rise in gas bills.

“We have not hiked it [gas bills] up,” he said, “but we got it in inheritance from the prior government.

“We got the government after 35 years, so you should be questioning them instead.”

The PTI leader went on to say that it was easy for the PTI to take on loans and “slash everything in half”, referring to prices of commodities, but that that would have “meant much bigger problems for the next 10 generations”.