PM sacks SNGPL, SSGC managing directors over gas crisis: Fawad Ch

  • Info minister says PM had constituted an inquiry committee to ascertain the reason of gas shortage

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced immediate removal of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) managing directors from their posts after an inquiry report held them responsible for the gas crisis.

Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry took to twitter to issue the aforementioned statement, adding that an inquiry committee, constituted by the prime minister to ascertain the reason of gas shortage, had submitted its report on Tuesday.

He said that in view of the report, PM Imran Khan has immediately removed the heads of SNGPL and SSGC from their posts.

The Sui Southern company’s spokesman claimed that in Sindh, including Karachi, there is no low pressure of gas and the industries and captive power plants are being provided gas supply. He said that the CNG stations will open as per routine at 8am.

Earlier, the cabinet committee in its report sent to the petroleum ministry held the MDs responsible for gas crisis. The report also asked for the dismissal of both MDs.

It is pertinent to mention that the PM had constituted an inquiry committee, which was headed by Petroleum Division Secretary Asad Hayauddin.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad on Tuesday, had directed to overcome the gas shortage in the country within one week.

Khan also directed to formulate a modern integrated system to resolve problems in analyzing and estimating the demand and supply of gas in consultation with the Ministers for petroleum and energy divisions.

He also issued directions to improve coordination between the departments’ concern to resolve the issues pertaining to gas load shedding and shortage.