LHC takes notice of petroleum shortage, summons OGRA chairman

Lahore High Court (LHC), on Monday, took notice of petroleum shortage summoning chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to appear before the court on June 17.

Issuing a three-page interim order, LHC has summoned principal secretary to Prime Minister, secretary petroleum, chairman OGRA to appear and brief the court on June 17 on the issue of petroleum shortage.

Furthermore, the court has instructed secretary to the Prime Minister to brief the court on the steps taken by the government to tackle the artificial fuel shortage  that has gripped the country in recent days.

Prior to this, Federal Minister for Petroleum Omar Ayub on June 11 had reaffirmed Peshawar High Court (PHC) that the government is taking all necessary measures to tackle the artificial fuel shortage and that that FIRs have been lodged against companies and entities involved in hoarding and intentionally reducing the fuel supply creating a 30 per cent deficit in demand and supply of fuel.

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It is to be noted that earlier, OGRA, on June 11, had fined six oil marketing companies (OMCs) for their failure to comply by the guidelines and directives issued by the government regarding fuel stock and supply.

Companies including Shell Pakistan, Total Parco, Attock Petroleum, Puma, Gas and Oil Pakistan and Hascol were penalized by fines amounting to Rs 40 million in total.