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Peshawar High Court Criticises NAB And Ministers For Petrol Crisis

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Peshawar High Court (PHC) has reprimanded the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and ministers for their lackluster performance in curbing the petrol crisis.

A hearing was held by the high court on Wednesday during which the PHC directed the petroleum minister, secretary petroleum and DG National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to present themselves before the court on Thursday.

Justice Qaiser Rashid stated that the entire country is suffering due to the petrol crisis but it seems like no one cares. “I feel quite disappointed at ministers who only attend meetings and avail perks,” he added.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) representative, who was also present during the hearing, said that a committee has been constituted which would take stern action against petrol pumps that are not supplying petrol to the masses.

“Leave [any talk of] committees, do not talk about committees,” Justice Rashid responded angrily, adding when the government wishes to play down an issue, it forms a committee.

He criticised NAB for not focusing enough on the food and petrol crises prevalent in the province. “Chairman NAB takes notice of every issue but is silent on the petrol and flour crises. NAB only takes interest in cases it wants to. Something should be done in the interest of the people as well,” he added.

The provincial secretary food, when asked about the wheat shortage in KP, said that there is no shortage of the product currently, though the rate at which it is available is a bit high.

“Flour and wheat are being supplied [to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] from Punjab and the rate will return to normal in a few weeks,” the secretary informed the court.

The court then asked him to submit a detailed report on the flour crisis by the next hearing.

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