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Khaqqan Abbasi admitted resonsibilty of oil shortage

29 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: While admitting responsibility of recent nation-wide petrol crisis, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi said it was impossible to asses and make planning to avoid petroleum shortage prior to happening of the crisis.

Petroleum Minister said that Prime Minister has the authority to seek resignation from him at any time. "No one can predict the petrol crisis before its happening, while crisis in Karcahi was only mischief and MQM must find out the reasons behind it" Abbasi said. The minister stated this during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources was held here on Wednesday 28.January,2015 in Parliament House under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Chairman Standing Committee to review the burning issue of petroleum crisis in the country as the main agenda item. Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Mir Jam Kemal, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Resources were also present in the meeting.

The meeting witnessed hue and cry and exchange of harsh words between petroleum ministry's officials and OGRA's. Both attempted to put the responsibility of crisis on each other. Upon this, members of the committee demanded to form a high level committee to probe the matter in details. And, parliamentary panel decided to form a sub-committee to probe the matter of acute petrol shortage in most parts of the country that hit Punjab, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and federal capital as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman OGRA Saeed Ahmad Khan denied responsibility of petroleum crisis and declared that Petroleum Ministry is the responsible of recent nation-wide petrol crisis, while secretary petroleum Arshad Mirza asserted that OGRA is responsible for the crisis being a regulator as it is supposed to monitor the storage of petrol stocks.

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