ISLAMABAD - The Senate sub-committee on energy Friday expressed anger over the Mari Petroleum Company’s behavior towards public representatives and demanded the complete record of the company’s officials.

“High ups of the Mari gas are retired military persons, they are ‘holy people’” Senator Usman Kakar said while presenting his grievance to the Senate sub-committee on energy (Petroleum Division) here.

The meeting chaired by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Musakhel took serious notice of the issue and convened the meeting next week.

The committee also asked the complete details of the Mari officials within one week.

Senator Usman Kakar complained that as “the company is being run by retired military personals, they do not pay attention to the public demands; despite they are getting huge salaries from our natural resources.”

Kakar added “I had tried to contact one of the officials for seven times, but he did not respond.”

The behavior of the Mari administration is non-cooperative and therefore unacceptable, he said.

The committee also expressed displeasure over the inauguration of schemes of gas supply to five union councils in Bannu district by MNA Akram Durrani.

Azam Musakhel said that Senator Baz Muhammad Khan who had made hectic efforts for the last three years for gas supply schemes and the inauguration must be done through him.

The convener of the committee directed the SNGPL that as Baz Muhammad Khan had made countless efforts for these schemes, so he must be taken in confidence regarding on these schemes.

Senator Baz Muhammad Khan asked Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) to give him the inauguration dates of various gas schemes.

MD SNGPL said that it is not our procedure to include name of any MNA or Senator in our tenders, and the schemes which MNA Akram Durrani had inaugurated, we have no role in it.

He further said that as we have no gas pipeline of 8 inch diameter, so we can’t allow them to be inaugurated. Once we get them, then we can inaugurate these schemes.

Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Musakhel said that if there is pipeline or not, at any cost, we will inaugurate these schemes in March 2018.

Regarding the complaint of non-employment of locals, vehicles and deforestation conducted by OGDCL and other gas exploring companies, MD OGDCL Zahid Mir said that for seismic operations, people are being hired locally according to the direction of Supreme Court and with the approval of the relevant MNAs and deputy commissioners. However, vehicles are being hired under PEPRA rules from prequalified companies. Besides, for compensation of losses to the crops and properties during the company operations, they are paid according to the DC’s specified rates.

Senator Musakhel said that for security of the oil and gas exploration companies, along with the FC, police and levies forces should also be included. The committee decided that for this purpose, we would write letters to the interior ministry and chief secretaries.