Oil and Gas Development Company’s (OGDC) Acting Managing Director Basharat Mirza on Friday could not defend his company’s secret deal for an LPG/NGL extraction project with JJVL, a potential bidder, much before issuing of a press tender.
In his response to the story regarding the multi-billion-dollar award of contract for the extraction of LPG/NGL from Kunnar Pashakhi field, Mirza tried to hush up the facts and gave several lame excuses for the wrongdoing done to favour JJVL.
His claims of providing the parties sufficient time for preparing the bid document and submitting it to OGDC, also, does not match with the facts on ground.
The Express Tribune and Daily Express had carried an investigative story on Friday, confirming the illegality committed by the state-run OGDC, involving the negotiation of the secret data and information with JJVL.
The story also carried many other facts like when the pre-bid correspondence commenced and what its logical end was – which clearly proved the reaching out of an underhand deal between OGDC and JJVL for award of the contract.
Kundi Construction’s petition filed with Civil Judge Rawalpindi contradicts what Basharat Mirza said in his comments. It proves that the OGDC acting managing director was intentionally trying to hide the facts to mislead, both the petroleum ministry and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).
Kundi Construction, in its petition, stated: “It is clearly specified in Rule 13 of PPRA Rules, response time to complete and submit the bid by the closing date and in view of the foregoing, the request made by the bidder to extend the date to 30-12-2011 was absolutely the minimum time required to complete the bid.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2011.