PM Nawaz vows action against officials responsible for petroleum crisis

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Monday, January 19, 2015

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday chaired a meeting on the petroleum crisis that is paralysing transport in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, vowing not to pardon those responsible for fuel shortage-

Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other high-ranking officials participated in the meeting which took place at the Prime Minister's House in the federal capital.

During the meeting, Abbasi briefed the participants on the reasons behind the acute shortage of petrol, and also highlighted the steps undertaken to overcome it.

Previously, the minister had denied that the oil crisis in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been caused by negligence and insisted that his ministry was not responsible for the shortage.

“How can I quit the ministry until proven guilty. I don’t consider myself responsible for the situation. I will myself resign if the government finds me guilty,” Abbasi had said.

Last week, the petrol crisis in Punjab had taken a turn for the worse as an increasing number of petrol pumps dried up and hundreds queued up outside fuel stations in various cities.

On Twitter, anger was directed at PM Nawaz with the hashtag #NawazPetrolDonoGhayab as the premier flew to Saudi Arabia to visit ailing King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud amidst national outrage over the petrol shortage in the country.

Petrol crisis to be overcome in few days: Ishaq Dar

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has assured that the petrol crisis will be overcome in a matter of few days, as reported by Radio Pakistan.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said those responsible for the crisis will be determined after thorough investigation.

He categorically denied reports that the finance ministry is responsible for the petrol shortage.

He said the oil companies including Pakistan State Oil (PSO) are responsible to maintain a minimum stock. It was fault on their part that the people had to face difficulties.

He said the ministry of finance has nothing to do with the purchase of petrol and it does not owe anything to the PSO. Despite this, the finance minister claimed, they have extended support to the PSO when it approached them.

He said the government has taken notice of the situation and efforts are afoot to improve the petrol supplies.

In his opening statement on his visit to Japan, the finance minister was confident the visit will open new vistas of cooperation in different sectors between the two countries.

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