Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Dec 2017 12:48:12









EVIL forces in Pakistan are trying desperately to shed their ugly image and somehow get legitimacy, by planning to contest general elections due next year. Hafiz Saeed, chief of banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba, which has assumed a new name of Jamaaat-ud-Dawah, which was also banned by the US, is trying to enter poll arena in order to hoodwink the world. And, former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, who has fled Pakistan and is living in Dubai, has expressed his willingness to enter into an alliance with Saeed. Musharraf has shamelessly hailed the LeT and JuD militants as ‘patriotic who have sacrificed their lives for safety and security of Pakistan.’ Musharraf is in fact playing with fire by supporting terror outfit chief. It is a pity that the person who was once at the helm of affairs in Pakistan, is behaving like a traitor for personal gains. The terror outfit Musharraf is supporting was involved in killing hundreds of innocent civilians in Pakistan itself. But, Musharraf has conveniently forgotten this for personal gains. Pakistanis should be wary of his gameplan.


STATE-owned oil major, Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) is justified in its criticism of the decision of the Central regulator Director General of Hydro-carbons (DGH) to auction oil fields discovered by the State-owned oil companies. ONGC and Oil India Ltd, another State-owned oil major, are justified in their criticism in that while they have done all the groundwork, made huge capital expenses and efforts for oil discovery and when these fields are ready for production, the DGH is trying to hand them over to private oil giants with lucrative incentives. The ONGC has said that if similar incentives were offered to the public sector companies they too could raise oil and gas production to meet the Government’s self-sufficiency targets in the oil sector. The Government should consider the demand of the public sector oil companies to allow them to participate in the proposed auctions with similar incentives as being given to private companies. The experience of public sector oil companies in the field should not be ignored.