Monday Apr 25 2022

Load-shedding: Fixing PTI's faulty policies, says PM Shehbaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — APP
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — APP

  • PM Shehbaz Sharif says expensive power generation by PTI govt through inefficient plants cost people Rs100b per month.
  • Says PTI govt neither purchased fuel in time nor repaired power plants.
  • Says incumbent govt was making efforts to fix the problem of load-shedding.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said that the current issue of load-shedding in the country was due to the policies of the PTI government.

“The PTI government neither purchased fuel in time nor repaired power plants. Hence the current load-shedding,” he said in a tweet.

PM Shehbaz Sharif recalled that previously, PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif during his government had ended the worst load-shedding in five years.

He mentioned that expensive power generation by the PTI government through inefficient plants was costing the people Rs100 billion per month.

PM Sharif said his government was making efforts to fix the problem of load-shedding.

PM Shehbaz orders to get rid of power outages by next month

As the country goes through large scale electricity load-shedding, PM Shehbaz Sharif directed the department concerned to slash power outages by the next month, The News reported Monday.

The directive came during PM Shehbaz Sharif's visit to different departments during a hectic tour of Lahore on weekly off-day Sunday.

The premier also held back-to-back meetings and took notice of the widely reported issue. He said that immediate steps must be taken to reduce power outages and minimise the sufferings of people by the next month, May 2022.

"Until we get rid of load-shedding, I will not leave for China, and I will not allow anyone to relax," PM Shehbaz Sharif said, adding that people were in trouble due to criminal negligence of the previous government.

The prime minister said that short and long-term measures should be taken till sufficient quantity of oil and gas was arranged to operationalise closed thermal power plants. He claimed that the outgoing government, led by Imran Khan, failed to add a single unit to the national grid, and also did not import LNG on cheaper rates on time.