ISLAMABAD–Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday chaired a meeting on the petroleum crisis that is paralysing transport in Punjab and areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, vowing not to pardon those responsible for fuel shortage.
During the meeting, Abbasi briefed the participants on the reasons behind the acute shortage of petrol, and also highlighted the steps undertaken to overcome it.
Previously, the minister had denied that the oil crisis in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been caused by negligence and insisted that his ministry was not responsible for the shortage.
“How can I quit the ministry until proven guilty. I don’t consider myself responsible for the situation. I will myself resign if the government finds me guilty,” Abbasi had said.
Last week, the petrol crisis in Punjab had taken a turn for the worse as an increasing number of petrol pumps dried up and hundreds queued up outside fuel stations in various cities.
On Twitter, anger was directed at PM Nawaz with the hashtag #NawazPetrolDonoGhayab as the premier flew to Saudi Arabia to visit ailing King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud amidst national outrage over the petrol shortage in the country.
Seven days into a debilitating fuel shortage that has immobilised parts of Punjab, the PM earlier ordered an inquiry into the crisis and said that officials responsible will be taken to task.
Abbas Haider of DawnNews had reported that the premier has ordered an inquiry that will probe the role of the Ministry of Petroleum, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Pakistan State Oil (PSO) as well as other private petroleum companies in the acute fuel shortage in the populous province.
Frustrated citizens in Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Sialkot and Multan spent Sunday queuing up at the handful of petrol pumps open in the respective cities, with some saying they had been there overnight without any respite.
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