Summary moved to appoint Amir Tufail as permanent head of SNGPL

Aftab Ahmed

Islamabad: Petroleum division has moved a summary to the Prime Minister Imran Khan with a recommendation to appoint Amir Tufail as regular new head of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited (SNGPL).

Sources told that Petroleum division had sent a panel of three candidates and Amir Tufail had been named at top of the list in order of merit. They said that Prime Minister office would send a panel of candidates to Intelligence agencies for clearance. They said that a panel of candidates would be tabled before cabinet for approval after seeking clearance from intelligence agencies.

Officials have different views about Amir Tufail. Some say that Tufail has experience of finance and lacked operational experience of the SNGPL. However, some officials say that he had worked as acting managing director and performed duties well to run the company.

Amir Tufail is deputy managing director (DMD) and is holding current charge of managing director (MD) SNGPL.Other names include Suhail Gulzar senior managing director SNGPL and Ali Hamdani. Two candidates Amir Tufail and Suhail Gulzar are regular employees of SNGPL and they are foreign nationals. However, third candidate Mr Hamdani is facing case in National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Meanwhile, Mr Hamdani has working experience of German firm Siemens and has been appointed as chief executive officer (CEO) of National Power Parks Management Company (Private) Limited (NPPMC).

Human Resource (HR) committee of board of directors of SNGPL had shortlisted fifteen candidates and interviewed five candidates for the post of regular head of SNGPL. These names included Amir Tufail, Suhail Gulzar, Ali Hamdani, Shahbaz and Amjad Janjua. However, the board recommended three names who include Amir Tufail, Suhail Gulzar and Ali Hamdani.

Board of directors of SNGPL had advertised post for three times to hire regular managing director of MD SNGPL.

Earlier, the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) had vetted advertisements to hire new managing directors of SNGPL and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC). Both companies had given advertisements in March this year.

However, SNGPL dominated by private shareholders members had suddenly scrapped the process and gave another advertisement that resulted in blocking hundreds of candidates for the position.

In the new advertisement, SNGPL had introduced a condition of age 52 to 62 years. This resulted in blocking those candidates below age of 52 from applying for the post. Under this process, only six candidates qualified for the post.

Keeping the situation in view, the SNGPL board of directors had scrapped the process of hiring the managing director and decided to start a fresh process again. In response of new advertisement, 15 candidates were shortlisted and five candidates had been potential candidate for the post

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