ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Power (SAPM) Tabish Gohar submitted his resignation to PM Imran Khan from Dubai in an unceremonious departure, official sources have reported.
As persistent power sector problems continue to plague the country, Gohar is the second technocrat to leave the role of SAPM on Power within a quarter. Earlier, in the first week of November, Shahzad Qasim resigned after he was sidelined from the Power Division and ordered to concentrate solely on the marketing of minerals.
In September, Gohar, a former K-Electric Managing Director and a senior executive of Arif Naqvi’s troubled Abraaj Capital, succeeded Qasim as SAPM on Electricity. At the US-based AES Corporation, both Qasim and Gohar were colleagues. Both were unable to adapt to the duo of Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan and Petroleum Minister SAPM Nadeem Babar, who is also a former AES executive.
Informed sources said Gohar had protested at a recent cabinet meeting during discussions on reforms about his limited scope of work. An official said Gohar was fed up with intrusion in his job and too many cooks in the pot and lamented that he did not know who to report: Minister of Planning Asad Umar, Minister of Energy Omar Ayub, Nadeem Babar or the Prime Minister of Petroleum SAPM.
Gohar’s high-profile interviews between leading channels and newspapers, signalling the inclusion of the KE-Shanghai agreement via the China-Pakistan Eco-nomic Corridor and the revival of the Pakistan Electric Power Company, another official said, had also disturbed some key players in the region.
To top it all off, following an oil crisis inquiry study that blamed Byco Petroleum for systemic corruption and called for more inquiries, Gohar was claimed to have come under pressure. As the chairman of the audit and human resource committees, Gohar served at Byco.