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Govt sends Ogra chairman on three-month forced leave

ISLAMABAD:The government on Wednesday sent Chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) Saeed Ahmed Khan on three-month’s forced leave.

According to private Geo News television channel, Saeed Ahmed Khan confirmed he received a notification regarding his forced leave.

Earlier, there were reports that the was planning to remove Saeed Ahmad Khan and had asked Law Ministry to prepare a reference against him.

Following the last months debilitating petrol shortage,  Ogra chairman removal was on the card.

As per OGRA Ordinance, the prime minister, through the cabinet secretary, can forward a reference to the Federal Public Service Commission on specific allegations of misconduct and send them on leave till completion of an inquiry by the FPSC. And, FPSC will hold official inquiry to probe the matter in detail. Sources in Petroleum Ministry said that chairman OGRA was not directly responsible for the crisis as he has nothing to do with the reduced supply in the international market. They said that few federal ministers, including finance minister Ishaq Dar, were annoyed with the chairman due to some known and unknown reasons.