15 bosses of energy companies cling to contract jobs

Reemployed heads of natural resources firms entrenched despite SC’s directive.


Zahid Gishkori March 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Chiefs of various companies in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources reemployed on contract for several years are flouting the recent Supreme Court verdict for revoking their appointment.

The ministry has sent the list of 15 Managing Directors (MDs) and Directors General (DGs) to the Establishment Division (ED). A five-member committee headed by Secretary Establishment Division Chaudhary Abdul Rauf is scrutinising the status of all contractual employees in light of the court's order and the Civil Services rules.

Secretary Petroleum Imtiaz Qazi said that the ministry will obey the orders of the Supreme Court as well as those of the prime minister.

“We are waiting for the order which is expected to come soon in connection with the list of all contractual employees submitted to the high-level committee of the Establishment Division,“ Qazi said.

The cabinet division issued a circular to all the ministries in 2007 not to hire officers past the age of sixty-five on top posts.

According to the list available with The Express Tribune, Irfan Qureshi of the Pakistan State Oil, Rashid Lone of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Ltd, Muhammad Rasheed Jung of Pak-Arab Refinery, Syed Hassan Gohar of Sandak Metal and Abdul Majeed Zahid of Lakhra Coal Development Company MD Oil and Gas Development Company Naeem Malik, MD Sui Southern Company Dr Faizullah Abbasi are working on contract.

MD Inter State Gas System Raja Irfan MD Government Holdings have been reemployed.

MD Hydrocarbon Development Institute Pakistan Shakeel Ahmad, Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar of Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation and Munsif Raza of Pakistan Petroleum Ltd are working on contract. DG Minerals Irshad Ali Khokhar, DG Geology Survey of Pakistan Dr Imran Ahmad Khan and DG Policy Wing of the petroleum ministry, Islamabad, also figure on the list.

It is also pertinent to mention here that the committee initially had proposed the names of fifty senior officers employed by the federal government to the Prime Minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2011.

COMMENTS (4)

khalida mudassar | 10 years ago | Reply OLD IS GOLD ALWAYS. if not so competent enough and experienced persons behind, then what to do???
Tariq | 10 years ago | Reply Send these guys home, let some fresh blood in
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