BoDs of all Oil and Gas com­pa­nies to be re­con­sti­tuted: Sar­war

Balochis­tan’s dis­tricts to re­ceive gas through LPG: Fed­eral Min­is­ter

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Min­is­ter for Pe­tro­leum and Na­tional Re­sources Ghu­lam Sar­war Khan has said that Board of Directors of all the Oil and Gas com­pa­nies will be re­con­sti­tuted to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tion to all the provinces.

He was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence along­with Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter Jam Ka­mal in Quetta on Fri­day. He said these boards will have equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to high pro­fes­sion­als to serve these com­pa­nies in the oil and gas ex­plor­ing and de­liv­ery sec­tors.

He said the govern­ment at­taches top pri­or­ity to the progress and pros­per­ity of the peo­ple of Balochis­tan and will pro­vide them all pos­si­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the main­stream in­sti­tu­tions.

He said he is vis­it­ing Balochis­tan on the di­rec­tions of Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan and has held con­struc­tive talks with the Pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship to re­solve is­sues facing the prov­ince in a co­or­di­nated man­ner.

He said, he has al­ready vis­ited Pun­jab, Sindh and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa for this very pur­pose. He said the Fed­eral govern­ment will work in close li­ai­son with the Balochis­tan govern­ment to re­solve all the prob­lems pointed out by the pro­vin­cial chief min­is­ter, ad­dress­ing their sense of de­pri­va­tion.

The Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter said work­ing groups and com­mit­tees have al­ready been set up to fi­nal­ize and sub­mit their rec­om­men­da­tions within a spe­cific time frame to chalk-out a com­pre­hen­sive pol­icy on ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral re­sources through­out the coun­try.

He said this process of di­a­logue and in­ter­ac­tion would help adopt a co­he­sive and in­clu­sive na­tional pol­icy to deal with the pre­vail­ing chal­lenges ef­fec­tively.

Ghu­lam Sar­war Khan said the ground breaking, for the es­tab­lish­ment of a state of the art oil re­fin­ery in Gwadar, will soon be per­formed.

He said the Saudi Crown prince is ex­pected to visit Pak­istan next month dur­ing which an MOU will be signed for the con­struc­tion of the oil re­fin­ery. He said the Saudi en­ergy min­is­ter will visit Gwadar to­mor­row to in­spect the land al­lo­cated for the pro­posed re­fin­ery.

The Min­is­ter said China has no con­cerns over the Saudi in­vest­ment in Gwadar and the Balochis­tan govern­ment has also been taken on board on the mat­ter.

He said it is our pri­or­ity to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of gas to the domestic, com­mer­cial and ex­port ori­ented in­dus­try.

He said the govern­ment has given sub­sidy on gas to the tune of one hun­dred and twenty five bil­lion ru­pees and still the gas tar­iff is lower in Pak­istan as com­pared to the re­gional coun­tries.

To a ques­tion, the Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter said four­teen bil­lion ru­pees are be­ing spent for pro­vi­sion of LPG mix to the towns and cities in Balochis­tan. He said land has al­ready been ac­quired for the es­tab­lish­ment of about twenty six plants for this pur­pose.

QUETTA: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Pe­tro­leum Ghu­lam Sar­war Khan along with Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter Mir Jam Ka­mal Khan ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence.

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