Irregular appointments in PSO: Inquiry launched by NAB lands now in Petroleum Division

Aftab Ahmed

Islamabad: The inquiry launched by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against irregular appointment on key posts in State-run-OMC Monopoly—PSO, has landed now in Petroleum Division that may implicate top officials of the division sitting on the board of directors of the state-run entity.

The board of directors of PSO has also key role in appointing officials on key posts. These appointments were made at hefty package during PML-N tenure of 2013-18.

According to a letter available with addressed to secretary Petroleum Division, the NAB said that it had initiated a report though Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) regarding irregular appointments of officers mentioned in the report in PSO by MD and requested the secretary petroleum to furnish the provision of information under section 27 of National Accountability Ordinance 1999 within two weeks, the letter added.

Former Managing Director PSO, Sheikh Imran-ul Haq who is already facing NAB reference along with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former Prime Minister and Petroleum Minister and Miftah Ismail, recruited 19 senior officials including Senior General Managers, General Managers, Deputy Managers and Company Secretary on political grounds during PML-N tenure from 2013-18.

The NAB particularly requested Petroleum Division to provide their comments regarding:

  1. a) What is the process of recruitment for the posts of General Managers, Company Secretary and Deputy General Managers in PSO?
  2. b) Whether the management of PSO is required to seek approval of the Ministry of Energy before recruiting personnel for the post of Company Secretary, GM and DGM?
  3. c) Did the management of PSO violate any rules/laws in recruiting 19 senior officials in questions?
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