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Sharif suspends 4 officials amid petrol crisis in Pak

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif suspended four top officials for failing to deal with a major petroleum crisis that has led to black marketing and scuffles at filling stations in the country.

A fuming Sharif, on his return from Saudi Arabia on Saturday after a two-day visit, sacked four officials including Petroleum Secretary Abid Saeed, his deputy Naeem Malik, Oil Director General CM Azam and Pakistan State Oil chief Amjad Janjua.Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, however, kept his job, apparently because of his closeness to Sharif.

The crisis largely occurred as the state-run Pakistan State Oil, country’s largest oil marketing firm, ran out of cash to import petroleum products. Sharif also directed provincial governments to check black-marketing of petrol. It was decided to expedite the supply and delivery of petrol.

Amid chilling weather, petrol crisis has hit especially in Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bringing miseries for public. There is a shortage of petrol in market and it is being sold on exorbitant prices.
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