Arshad Mahmood removed as secretary petroleum over ‘differences’ with Hammad Azhar

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ISLAMABAD – The federal government Saturday removed Dr. Arshad Mahmood as Secretary for Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division).

According to a notification, the officer has been asked to report to the Establishment Division. The government has not shared reasons for removing the secretary of petroleum.

Media reports claimed that the development was an outcome of differences between Mahmood and Federal Ministry for Energy Hammad Azhar.

Azhar was reportedly angry with the outgoing secretary for holding meetings with private oil and gas companies without taking him in confidence.

As the differences widened, the energy minister asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to remove Arshad Mahmood from the post.

Hammad Azhar is yet to respond to the media reports.

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