Staff Reporter – Islamabad:
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman on Monday slammed the government for its failure to tackle the looming crisis of petrol and take action against those involved in the crisis in the past.
In a series of tweets, Sherry Rehman said the ‘Tabahi Sarkar’ was creating one crisis after another.
“Petrol had become extinct last year as well. Now, the All Pakistan Petrol Pumps Dealers Association has announced to shut down petrol pumps across the country on November 25,” she said asking the government that how much it had acted upon recommendations of the petroleum commission on the last petrol crisis.
The senator said the petroleum commission had raised questions regarding the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and recommended fixing prices for 30 days instead of 15 days. The commission had asked for setting up a monitoring cell to avoid future crisis, she maintained. She wondered that if the government had taken any action against those involved in the crisis even after the passage of one year.
The PPP leader also asked if a case was taken up in the accountability court against the former special assistant to the prime minister on petroleum. “They would say that accountability begins at home. Now they think after taking resignation that accountability is done. They swindle the masses creating an artificial crisis in connivance with the mafias,” she said.
Addressing a press conference, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had said in March that Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked the then special assistant to the PM on petroleum Nadeem Babar to step down from his post.
The resignation was sought following a probe carried out by the Federal Investigation Agency in the petroleum crisis.