ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday ordered authorities to ensure that no load-shedding is carried out during Sehri and Iftar timings during the holy month of Ramazan.
PM Sharif ordered that no load-shedding be carried out an hour before Sehri and until 30 minutes after start of fasting. Similarly, he instructed the Water and Power Ministry to ensure that load-shedding does not take place from 4:30PM to 10:00PM in the evening to ensure citizens do not have to suffer from power outages in the summer heat at Iftar time.
The prime minister's orders came a day before the start of the first day of the holy month, during which Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset.
The Ministry of Water and Power acted swiftly on the prime minister's orders and issued a schedule for load-shedding during Ramazan according to the PM's instructions.
Pakistan faces chronic energy shortages that result in widespread power outages across the country.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government swept to power on the promises of ending the chronic power crisis and revitalizing the economy.
Last week, the prime minister reiterated to the National Assembly his government’s resolve to eliminate load shedding from Pakistan in three years.