ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar Friday said the federal cabinet has decided to remain the names of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari on Exit Control List (ECL) till the written order of the apex court comes on the matter.
During an interview, he said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government would implement the decision of the Supreme Court, whatever it come on either in favour of the government stance or against.
He said the names of these politicians were put on ECL after seeing their alleged involvements in the money laundering networks and fake bank accounts.
The Joint Investigation Team’s report recommended to put their names on ECL, he expressed.
PEC demands removal of non-engineers
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has demanded of the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), an institution working under Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to immediately remove the non-engineers appointed on the seats of engineers.
According to an official source, PEC through a letter conveyed to the WWF that the appointment of non-engineers on the posts of engineers is absolutely illegal. Utilizing services of non-engineers for the work which is supposed to be done by engineers is worth punishment crime.
The punishment of utilizing services of non-engineers instead of professional engineers is of six-months, the source said.
The council has demanded to appoint the registered engineers from PEC for the relevant posts, in compliance with the decision of the Supreme Court.
Cold, dry weather to persist, rain at isolated places
ISLAMABAD: The Met office Wednesday forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country while light rain (with light snowfall over the hills) is expected at few places in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Foggy conditions are likely in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
According to the synoptic situations, a westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and may persist till next 24-36 hours.
Scattered rain (with snowfall over the hills) occurred in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during last 24 hours.
Following rainfalls were recorded in millimeters:
Punjab: Okara 40, Sargodha (City 24, A/P 15), Lahore (A/P 18, city 12), Murree 15, Gujrat 17, Islamabad (Saidpur 11, Z.P 06, IIAP 05, Bokra, Golra 03), Sialkot (A/P 10, City 001), Gujrat 09, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad, Chaklala 05), Mianwali, Chakwal 05, Layyah, Kamra 04, Narowal 03, Bhakkar 02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dir (Lower 20, upper 12), Malamjabba, Saidu Sharif 19, Mirkhani 16, Parachinar 15, Balakot 08, Pattan, Kalam 07, Drosh 06, Bannu 05, Kakul, Chitral 04, Risalpur 03, Cherat 02, Kashmir: Kotli 20, Muzaffarabad 12, Rawalakot 10, Garidupatta 06, GB: Bunji 05. Snowfall (Inch): Malamjabba 11, Murree 10, Kalam 06.
Minimum Temperatures were recorded as follow:
Ziarat -13°C, Kalat -11°C, Skardu -09°C, Quetta, Gupis -06°C, Bagrote, Kalam, Astore, Malamjabba -05°C, Murree, Dalbandin -03°C, Zhob, Hunza, Drosh, Parachinar -02°C, Nukkundi, Rawalakot, Chillas -01°C,Islamabad 04C, Peshawar 08C, Lahore 05C.
3 foreign petroleum companies awarded licenses in last five years: Senate told
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan Wednesday said three licenses were issued to foreign petroleum companies for exploration of oil and gas in the country during last five years.
Replying to a question in the Senate, the application fee for grant of a petroleum exploration license is Rs100,000 while the total amount received from them under the head of license fee is Rs300,000.
The minister in a written reply said the prices of petroleum products are determined in accordance with the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Development Levy) Ordinance, 1961, Rules 1967 thereunder, OGRA’ s Ordinance 2002 and GoP/ECC’s approved parameters as amended from time to time.
He said the oil prices are linked with international Arab Gulf market prices of petroleum products, being imported by the PSO.
Accordingly Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Refineries are allowed to fix and announce the prices at their own on monthly basis in accordance with the actual PSO landed import cost of the previous month.
In case of no imports, ex-refinery price fixed as per Import Parity Price (IPP) formula based on Arab Gulf monthly average prices published in Platts Oilgram on daily basis.
The minister said some gas development schemes were launched or approved since 2018 in the Provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by SNGPL.
He added 62 meters have been installed at subject locality like Prince Road, Phalgran, Bhara Kahu Islamabad etc. while remaining cases or applications upto January 31, 2018 are being entertained on turn or merit basis.