The Ministry of Petroleum has refused to remove the Managing Directors (MDs) of Sui Northern and Sui Southern from their offices despite orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Ministry of Petroleum sources said the ministry has refused to remove both the MDs and has sent reply to this effect to ECP. Earlier, the ECP had issued written orders to the Ministry of Petroleum to remove MD Sui Southern Haroon Zahir Siddiqui and MD Sui Northern Haroon Siddiqui from their offices as they both could influence the elections through gas schemes. Replying to the ECP’s letter, the Ministry of Petroleum said that the allegations levelled against both the MDs are baseless and they would not be removed from their offices. Sources said that the Ministry of Petroleum had also said that the two companies had not launched any gas scheme during the current year.