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OGRA restrains CNG stations from promoting flare fuel



ISLAMABAD: Ostensibly owing to high quality and security constraints, Oil and Fuel Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has now restrained all of the Compressed Pure Fuel (CNG) stations from the sale of flare fuel.

OGRA, in a letter dated 19th October, 2023 to the Managing Administrators/Chief Government Officers of 39 main firms related to the enterprise of fuel, has suggested all of them to make sure that their sellers should abstain from promoting/use of flare fuel at their stations so as to guarantee public security at massive.

In keeping with OGRA, its enforcement groups have noticed unlawful sale of flare fuel at CNG stations related to stores of sure Oil Advertising and marketing Firms (OMCs) which can have resulted right into a extreme security hazard.  

On this regard, OGRA has restrained all CNG stations from the usage of flare fuel at their gas stations on account of high quality and security constraints, mentioned the OGRA letter titled Use of Flare Fuel at CNG Stations Related to Retail Shops.  

It’s also learnt from OGRA’s letter that every one CNG stations homeowners have been already directed by way of public notices to chorus from promoting of flare fuel, and to keep away from any such modifications/alteration of works at their CNG stations, failing which the OGRA shall provoke strict motion towards them as per relevant legal guidelines/guidelines inter-alia together with revocation of CNG license.

It’s related to notice that an unlicensed Konnect Fuel had allegedly been concerned within the unlawful sale of unprocessed fuel to the Compressed Pure Fuel (CNG) stations since 2020 and caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar took discover on the criticism of Transparency Worldwide Pakistan (TIP) relating to unauthorized third-party fuel sale by Konnect Fuel (Non-public) Restricted to the Compressed Pure Fuel (CNG) stations. And, Prime Minister’s Workplace, in a most fast letter to Secretary Petroleum Division on 16th October, 2023, had directed to furnish feedback relating to a criticism filed by the Transparency Worldwide Pakistan (TIP) relating to unauthorized third-party fuel sale by Konnect Fuel (Non-public) Restricted to the Compressed Pure Fuel (CNG) stations. 

It’s pertinent to say that Transparency Worldwide Pakistan (TIP), in a letter dated October 2, 2023, titled “Criticism on the Violation of Pakistan Petroleum (E&P) Guidelines 2001 and Pure Fuel Regulatory (Licensing) Guidelines 2002 Resulting from Unauthorized Third-Celebration Fuel Sale by Konnect Fuel (Non-public) Restricted, a subsidiary of Jura Company,” to Director Common (DG) Petroleum Concession (PC), Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division), requested to look into the allegations of the criticism and if discovered to be right, take motion towards M/s Konnect Fuel (Pvt.) Ltd for its unlawful actions of offering unprocessed fuel to CNG stations posing risk to the lives of residents underneath relevant legal guidelines and guidelines.

Fuel flaring is the burning of the pure fuel related to oil extraction. The follow has persevered for the reason that starting of oil manufacturing over 160 years in the past. The flares are the enormous flames typically seen popping out of smokestacks on oil installations.

At oil and fuel extraction websites, fuel flares are equally used for a wide range of startup, upkeep, testing, security, and emergency functions.In a follow often known as manufacturing flaring, they could even be used to dispose of huge quantities of undesirable related petroleum fuel, probably all through the lifetime of an oil effectively.

In keeping with the Worldwide Power Company IEA), round 140 bcm (Billion Cubic Meters) of pure fuel is flared globally every year. It is a main supply of CO2 emissions, methane and black soot, and is damaging to well being.

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FBR freezes PIA’s financial institution accounts over Rs55bn unpaid federal excise responsibility



The Federal Board of Income (FBR) has taken motion to freeze all financial institution accounts of Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) attributable to non-payment of federal excise responsibility, including to the airline’s ongoing monetary challenges.

FBR officers report that PIA’s excellent liabilities for federal excise responsibility have reached Rs55 billion as much as September 2023. Regardless of repeated notices, the airline has failed to handle these obligations. Moreover, the tax liabilities for October 2023 stay unresolved as tax returns for that month are but to be filed.

The Massive Taxpayers Unit (LTU) in Karachi, a subsidiary of FBR, executed the freezing of PIA’s accounts with the purpose of recovering the excellent tax liabilities. Already, an quantity of Rs1.5 billion has been recovered and deposited into the nationwide treasury. Banks have been instructed to promptly switch any funds obtained in PIA’s accounts to the FBR’s treasury accounts.

Latest reviews point out that PIA has not filed returns since February, and a tribunal’s order requires the airline to promptly pay Rs2.77 billion. The freezing of accounts occurred two days earlier than the top of the month, deviating from the same old follow of such actions happening on the month’s final day.

It’s pertinent to say right here that final month, PIA confronted operational disruptions, together with flight cancellations and delays, attributable to unpaid dues to the state’s oil advertising firm, Pakistan State Oil (PSO). Studies from Bloomberg spotlight that PIA’s liabilities stand at Rs743 billion (roughly $2.5 billion), surpassing its complete property by 5 instances.

PIA sought extra borrowing of over Rs7 billion from banks amid considerations about potential flight operation suspensions amidst a extreme monetary disaster. The airline has approached the Aviation Division for quick loans, together with a government-guaranteed possibility for securing Rs7.5 billion.

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Pakistan’s cotton exports see a big rise this season, transport 125,000 bales



Pakistan has efficiently exported a minimal of 125,000 cotton bales, with prospects indicating additional enchancment in export volumes.

Notably, all export offers have been secured by a singular cotton ginner from Sindh, Dr. Jasso Mal, with locations together with China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

It’s anticipated {that a} comparable amount of cotton bales shall be exported within the remaining length of the season. The present season marks a possible document, contemplating that cotton exports haven’t surpassed six digits since 2017-18 when the determine reached 207,424 bales. In distinction, the nation exported solely 4,900 bales in 2022-23, 16,000 bales in 2021-22, and 70,200 bales in 2020-21.

Ginners attribute this upswing in exports to the superior high quality of lint and favorable worldwide markets, drawing international consumers to Pakistani cotton.

Based on Cotton Ginners Discussion board Chairman Ihsanul Haq, the absence of typical rains in most cotton-growing areas has positively influenced crop high quality. Moreover, a big issue has been the document devaluation of the rupee, making native cotton extra aggressive on the worldwide stage.

Haq acknowledges that the potential document in cotton exports may need been greater if not for a decline in lint yield in Punjab on account of a extreme whitefly assault. Environmental air pollution has additionally negatively impacted the business.

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Senate committee sad with SBP’s probe into Rs70bn photo voltaic panel rip-off



The Senate Standing Committee on Finance expressed its dissatisfaction with the State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) over its dealing with of the investigation into the trade-based cash laundering of over Rs70 billion by way of the import of photo voltaic panels.

The committee, chaired by Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, met on Wednesday to debate the problem for the third time, however discovered the newest report by the SBP to be insufficient and missing in new data or progress.

The committee members questioned why the SBP was not sharing the total particulars of the case, when the Federal Board of Income (FBR) had already established the proof of cash laundering by way of the duty-free imports of photo voltaic panels.

A consultant of the SBP advised the committee that the banks concerned within the case had been recognized and penalised, however didn’t disclose their names.

The committee members, together with PMLN’s Musadik Malik and Saadia Abbasi and PTI’s Mohsin Aziz, demanded that the SBP present the entire data and the names of the banks to the Senate panel.

Senators additionally identified that the cash laundering was a critical offence, particularly at a time when the nation was going through international change constraints and needed to limit important imports.

Mandviwalla mentioned he had been suggesting that the case ought to be referred to the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) for a radical probe, because the SBP was not giving a transparent image to the committee.

PMLN’s Malik mentioned the FBR and Customs authorities had revealed that 63 importers had laundered cash by way of over-invoicing of photo voltaic panels, however this was primarily based on an audit of solely 200 out of 450 importers. He mentioned the whole sum of money laundering could possibly be as excessive as $2.5 billion if all of the importers had been audited.

Customs officers reiterated their earlier stance that they’d began the investigation in October 2022 and located 63 importers concerned in over-invoicing of photo voltaic panels, which had been imported from China however funds had been routed to the UAE or Singapore. They mentioned the photo voltaic panels weren’t bodily examined by the customs as they had been duty-free objects and solely good declarations (GDs) had been introduced to the customs desks.

The FBR had reported that photo voltaic panels had emerged as a high-risk merchandise for over-invoicing and trade-based cash laundering as a consequence of their duty-free import standing and the absence of gross sales tax on native provide.

They mentioned the photo voltaic panels, which had been imported at Rs72.83 billion, had been bought within the home market at nearly half the value, i.e. Rs45.61 billion.

Customs officers mentioned they’d registered instances in opposition to the most important suspects, together with Rab Nawaz and his spouse of Shiny Star Firm, who had been now on bail. Senator Mohsin Aziz mentioned the Shiny Star had laundered round Rs40 billion by way of two banks.

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