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Mehsud removed as Pakistan power transmission chief for inefficiency

Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Pakistan's new Federal Minister for Water and Power, has removed Rasul Khan Mehsud
as managing Director of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company.

A water and power ministry official said: “Mr Mehsud has been suspended with immediate effect on the orders of the minister.”

Asked if reports about removal of Mr Mehsud on charges of inefficiency were correct, Mr Ahmad Mukhtar told journalists at the Lahore airport that besides inefficiency, some other factors were responsible for his removal.

The ministry did not immediately issue a notification for his replacement or give acting charge of the NTDC head to anybody.

Officials said that the contract of Mr Mehsud, due to expire in August, was also likely to be terminated.

The Chaudhry from Gujrat, who defeated former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in the 2008 general elections, is reported to have volunteered to the president to take the challenge of minimising loadshedding by reorganising the power sector.

Immediately after joining the ministry, Mr Mukhtar sought an initial briefing and then decided to have a comperehensive presentation from Wapda chairman Shakeel Durrani in Lahore on Tuesday.

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