LHC CJ Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan decides to form high-level commission to probe petroleum crisis.


LAHORE -- The Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Thursday conducted hearing on a case pertaining to petroleum crisis in the country and decided to form a high-level commission to probe the matter. Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan has directed Attorney General for Pakistan to present commission TORs and the names of persons who will be part of it in court at the next hearing. Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan said that the court will recommend the names if Attorney General failed to suggest the suitable names for the commission. The court then adjourned the hearing till July 14.

During the hearing Attorney General for Pakistan Barrister Khalid Jawed Khan, Principle Secretary to the Prime Minister Muhammad Azam Khan, Chairperson Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Uzma Adil Khan and other officials appeared before the court.

LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan said in his remarks that the federal government provided benefit of Rs 7 billion to petroleum companies by fining them Rs 40 million only.

The chief justice said that the principal secretary's report has nothing but evasive statements in it. Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan told the court that the government has nothing to hide and action will be taken against the responsible persons.

Justice Qasim Khan inquired that who should be included in the commission to probe petroleum crisis, to which the attorney general suggested the name of Federal Investigation Agency Director General (FIA DG) Wajid Zia to lead the inquiry.

The attorney general informed...

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