Local media has reported that Pakistan Association of Large Steel Producers has urged the government to take all necessary measures to curb the menace of production & sale of substandard steel in the country. PALSP in a letter to Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science & Technology Mr Agha Hassan Baloch and Federal Secretary Mr Ghulam M Memon has lamented that due to non-enforcement of PSQCA standards, around 40-50% of the total market remains flooded with sub-standard steel bars in the country.According to PALSP, a major chunk of substandard steel that is being produced here enters into Paksitan’s infrastructure as well as housing projects. This is a worrying situation as unchecked usage of substandard steel creates national risk for the future generation by compromising over the quality of the infrastructure projects of the country, as Pakistan is located on a seismic zone. PALSP has urged Ministry of Science & Technology & PSQCA to intervene and to take urgent measures to stop the production & sale of sub-standard steel and enforce PSQCA Act, rules and standards. PALSP hopes the issue which is of great national importance will be accorded highest priority and if this matter remains unaddressed, it would be a recipe for de-industrialization of the steel industry as it making the major steel maker to bleed.According to PSQCA Standard PS-1879-2018 for steel reinforcement bars clearly states that rebar should be manufactured by following the complete process of melting refine and rolling with complete temperature controls. According to PS-1879-2018 Material and Manufacture: “The bars shall be rolled from properly identified heats of mold cast or strand cast steel using the Electric Arc Furnace or Induction Furnace coupled with Ladle Refining Furnace basic oxygen, or open-hearth process from quality Meltable Steel Scrap or its substitute or combination of both. Material of re-rolling scrap and from ship breaking industry is excluded for direct rolling.”However, many manufacturers are blatantly violating the PSQCA laws & standards by producing sub-standard steel bars by directly rolling plates generated from the ship breaking industry as well as from imported Re-Rollable scrap into Sub-Standard Steel Bars.