ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday has claimed that he had received threats and financial rewards as an offer from oil mafia in return for giving up on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.
While addressing to a press conference he criticised Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan for giving irresponsible statements regarding Qatar project, as his statements led Pakistan to receive messages from Qatar whether Pakistan was ready for this project or otherwise.
Shahid Khaqan said he preferred to go on with delivering positive results despite the fact he was stopped and intimidated for not to work, with luxurious benefits, in this project. He said “There is an oil mafia… I was lured and intimidated not to work on the LNG terminal.” but he did not exposed the names of people running the oil mafia.
Mr Abbasi said the government was in talks with Qatar Gas for a long-term LNG sale-purchase agreement for 15 years, but it was being delayed by two major restrainers.
First decision of finalization of payment mechanism by ministries of petroleum, finance and power and secondly, the government was required to ensure standby letters of credit payable to Qatar Gas.
It is very pertinent to say that Qatar pipeline project is the necessity of Pakistan to overcome the issues regarding LNG in the country.