Finally a Sardar got royalty worth Rs 390 million

LHC orders OGDCL to pay Rs 390 million to Talal Bugti\story_6-4-2010_pg7_4

RAWALPINDI: Justice Asad Munir of Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench on Monday ordered the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) to pay royalty worth Rs 390 million for using the Uch Gas Field to Talal Bugti within seven days.

Colects rent from pakistan

In a writ petition, Talal told the court that the Uch Gas field was situated on his ancestral land from which the OGDCL was extracting gas but was not paying any royalty for it.

On the last hearing, the court had summoned the record from the Revenue Department, which confirmed Talal Bugti’s ownership of the gas field. app


Bugti’s son gets justice from high court

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
LHC orders OGDC to pay Rs 506m royalty to Talal Bugti
By Faisal Kamal Pasha and Dilshad Azeem
RAWALPINDI: Justice Asad Munir of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench here on Monday directed the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) to pay Rs506 million, the outstanding amount of the royalty of natural gas from the Uch Gas Field, to Nawabzada Talal Bugti within a week.
Rafiq-ur-Rehman Sanjrani, the counsel for the petitioner, told The News that a counsel representing the federal government and an OGDCL official had conveyed to his client Talal Bugti that the prime minister himself was willing to pay the royalty amount cheque to the petitioner.
His client, however, said he would sign an agreement with the OGDCL as per the market rates and the previous rates, given in the agreement that the OGDCL signed with Nawab Akbar Bugti, would not be acceptable to him, Sanjrani said.
The law officer, Javed Iqbal, and a deputy advocate general representing the Balochistan government confirmed to the LHC that Talal Bugti and his three sons, Shahzain Bugti, Gohram Bugti and Chakar Bugti, were the legal heirs of Akbar Bugti. The Balochistan government officials complied with the orders of the LHC on the previous hearing to produce before the court the revenue record of the above-mentioned lands to establish them as the legal heirs.
With this decision, the son Akbar Bugti finally got justice from the LHC after a four-year legal and political battle to establish his ownership right on the Uch Gas fields. “I, at last, have won the case on legal front and this is the Punjab from where I obtained justice,” said Talal.
“How is it possible for us to continue obtaining Rs31,000 per acre rent from OGDCL when the rates have been fixed at Rs120,000 per acre, particularly in Sindh and many other parts of the country,” Talal responded to a query. “I believe in national politics rather confining ourselves up to a province.”
He said 77 per cent of the Och gas field lands were transferred by Akbar Bugti in his life on the name of his (Talal) sons, Shahzain, Gohram and Chakar. “I have attorney letter from my sons.” Talal is staying in the Punjab House of Islamabad for the last two months as guest of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. “I am thankful that I am here with all out security arrangements.”

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