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Court asks OGRA its plan to solve future fuel crises

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 30, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 days ago
Posted: Jun 30, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 days ago
Court asks OGRA its plan to solve future fuel crises

A private security guard sits at a closed Pakistan State Oil (PSO) petrol station following fuel shortages amid a countrywide strike by the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association in Islamabad on July 26, 2017. Photo: AFP

The Lahore High Court has asked the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority on the steps it plans to take if a fuel shortage occurs in the future.

Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan heard the case on the petrol shortage in the country on Tuesday. OGRA chairperson Uzma Adil appeared in court too.

Justice Khan asked what does OGRA do if any company does not have the stock for 21 days. “Is there a policy on this? If there is one, then what is this?” Many companies keep the stock for 14 to 15 days but never think about strategic storage. The recent increase in prices has benefitted the oil companies.

The court has summoned a report from OGRA on its plan of action to deal with fuel shortage in the future.

The OGRA chairperson, Punjab home secretary, petroleum secretary have all submitted their replies in the case. “Only the PM’s principal secretary didn’t appear in court,” remarked the judge. “Why not?” He wants to twist the documents which is why he isn’t coming to the court, the judge added.

He even asked if a committee comprising government and opposition members can be made on the matter. It can then submit a report in Parliament. The judge instructed the attorney general to speak to the assembly speaker over the matter.

The petitioner told the court that he wants to take back his petition as the shortage has been met. The chief justice dismissed his request.

The hearing has been adjourned till July 9.

The OGRA chairperson also submitted Rs100,000 fine to the dispensary of the bar association over her failure to appear in court at the last hearing.

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