Out-going coalition government at the fag end of her constitutional tenure had granted extension in the contract appointment of Managing Director SNGPL Arif Hameed as a ‘political gimmick’ before the expiry of his tenure, it is reliably learnt. Interestingly, the ECP in a strong worded letter ordered Petroleum Ministry to immediately remove both MD SSGCL Haroon Zuhair Siddiqui and MD SNGPL Arif Hameed from their lucrative slots, as the commission feared that both would influence the upcoming general elections through gas schemes. Ahead of fast approaching general elections, the ECP wrote a letter to the petroleum ministry following an application submitted by a common citizen requesting to send both officials on packing. However, the ECP withdrawn its order after finding petroleum ministry’s response where it had made clear that since both top slots are tenure basis so it is unable to immediately remove them from their respective offices. Moreover, the Ministry of Petroleum in its reply also said that the allegations leveled against both of the MDs are baseless. After which, the ECP had withdrawn its notice.
However, available copy of notification issued from petroleum ministry pertaining grant of extension in the service contract of MD SNGPL disclosed that the outgoing Government on March 15, 2013 through a notification No.2 (7)/2011-Gas had given one year extension in the tenure of the contract appointment of Arif Hameed as Managing Director SNGPL.
“The competent authority has been pleased to extend the tenure of the contract appointment of Muhammad Arif Hameed, as Managing Director/CEO SNGPL for one year till 26th September, 2014,” notification reads.
It is to note here that Muhammad Shafi, a common citizen of Pakistan through a request submitted in the ECP had requested the Chief Election Commissioner to take appropriate action against the concerned ministry (petroleum & natural resources) for concealing the facts pertaining the extension in the tenure contract of MD SNGPL. Shafi in its plea has also pointed out that ‘the mala fide on the part of previous government is apparent on the surface as the extension has been granted in March, 2013 whereas the contract of the officer is to expire in September, 2013 i.e. before six months of the expiry of contract period.
“The above facts are bring to your notice for taking appropriate action against the concerned ministry for concealing of facts before the Commission as well as to terminate the services of Arif Hameed, MD SNGPL having political affiliation with the previous government as is evident from the above facts which is a kind of political bribe.