PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz criticised the government for its “incompetence, poor decision-making and corrupt practises” two days after the June petroleum crisis inquiry commission issued its report.
“The report on the oil crisis confirms what we already knew. It was a direct result of the selected’s incompetence, poor decision making and above all corrupt practises. This is exactly why he needs to go and is on his way out,” she said in a Wednesday tweet.
Sugar, sugar, LNG, drugs, and now the oil scam, as though we had shortages of scams. These multi-billion dollar scams represent ignorance, bad decision-making, and looting and plundering the masses to help picked & his cronies.’
Maryam’s remarks follow the recommendation of departmental prosecutions against the top leadership of the petroleum division, the abolition of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) and a halt to the activities of the refining and oil marketing firm Byco by the 15-member inquiry commission on the June petroleum crisis.
The Commission’s 163-page study also reported that Iranian oil theft amounted to over Rs250 billion and observed that a wide variety of oil sector activities were counter to laws and regulations, running in a vacuum and without any discipline and balance.
It claimed that the commission was also “compelled to recommend” the performance audit of all regulatory bodies after seeing Ogra’s affairs (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Competition Commission of Pakistan and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan).
Meanwhile on Tuesday, information minister Shibli Faraz said that the oil scam report had been put before the cabinet and that the prime minister had promised to take stern action against those implicated in the scandal.
A special committee was created by PM Imran and tasked with presenting a report in a week to address accountability for those responsible for the crisis that led to the country’s fuel shortage in June this year.
There are four federal ministers on the committee and it is headed by Asad Umar. Shafqat Mehmood, Shireen Mazari and Azam Swati were among the other participants. Faraz said The committee will present its report even before its time; most likely by coming Friday.”