ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources (MP&NR), in a bid to fill the top slot of OGDCL, has recommended three names to the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, seeking approval to elevate an executive director (ED) of the company, sources said on Saturday.

The sources said that in a summary sent to the premier seeking approval over interim arrangement for the top slot of country’s biggest oil company (OGDCL), the petroleum ministry had proposed names of three Executive Directors (EDs) of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) including Bisharat Mirza (executive director policy), Muhammad Riaz Khan (executive director joint venture), and Zahid Faran (executive director exploration).

“The prime minister after proper scrutiny of the above mentioned nominees will select one name for the chief of OGDCL and will direct the petroleum ministry to appoint him as acting managing director (MD) of the OGDCL,” a senior official at the petroleum ministry said.

The incumbent regime led by PML-N is upset by persistent energy crisis and had resolved to remove the heads of state-owned entities ostensibly to rid the country from the darkness and fragile economic situation. The government had already advertised vacancy announcements in the media to appoint reasonable top heads on permanents basis while strictly keeping up the merit and transparency rules.

The appointment on top slots would be however made after the removal of top babus from the govt bodies.