ISLAMABAD - Despite the notice issued by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to the incumbent chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to submit certified copies of the decision taken by the competent authority regarding his appointment as chairman OGRA, NAB has not yet received any reply, well-placed sources told The Nation on Sunday.

It has been learnt through reliable sources that star witnesses of OGRA multibillion rupees scam, who happen to be the officials of OGRA, are being harassed and threatened by senior OGRA bosses after the issuance of the abovementioned notice to the incumbent chairman.

The OGRA chief was not available for his version despite repeated attempts made by this scribe on his cell number 03004095583.

NAB has directed the incumbent OGRA Chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan through a notice under section 18(d) & 33 (c) of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, to provide the certified copies regarding his appointment within two working days after receiving the notice issued on August 28 through special messenger, the sources added.

When contacted, an official of the NAB said the bureau will take strict legal action against Chairman OGRA under section 31(E) of NAO-1999. Interestingly, vice chairman OGRA SAbir Hussian has already been served with the warning by NAB under the same section, the official added.

During his whole career the incumbent chairman served on 29 different positions and postings throughout Pakistan as he served thrice as secretary in ministry of overseas and ministry of information technology as well as in Static/Economic Division Islamabad, the sources said.

The incumbent OGRA chief has served as chairman, vice chairman and member board of directors of many organisations including PTCL, NTC, USF Co, NICT R&D Co, Telecom Foundation, PSEB and TIP the sources added.   

The OGRA chief served one time as chairman Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and served three times as additional secretary in different ministries and divisions, sources added.

Saeed Ahmed Khan started his career in March 1979 as assistant commissioner in Balochistan and he retired as Secretary Ministry of Information Technology in Islamabad on April 3, 2012, and he was appointed OGRA chairman on April 16, only 13 days after his retirement, the sources added. The OGRA chief obtained first class masters degree in Zoology from Punjab University on July 20, 1977. He also secured a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (Albany) US on June 16, 1989.

He has 33 years of experience in finance, management and general administration but no experience in oil and gas sector. The sources alleged that serving OGRA chief Saeed Ahmed Khan has no relevant experience of gas and petroleum sector at all.

He even has no relevant educational qualification, the sources added. They maintained that Saeed’s appointment was made in breach of the laid down criteria for the appointment of chairman of the regulatory authority, the sources added.