PM orders reduction in power loadshedding by next month | The Express Tribune


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday expressed his annoyance over the prolonged loadshedding duration causing public woes and directed for its conspicuous reduction by next month.

He also directed for taking of steps to reduce power glitches on an emergency basis.

Neither fuel was purchased by the PTI government nor power units were repaired, PM Shehbaz added. “Imran Khan’s government had closed the power units which were set up by their [PML-N] government to generate low-cost electricity.”

The prime minister said, “Instead, the previous government had utilised those low power generation units which supplied expensive power and due to this injustice, the nation had to pay the heavy price in the shape of Rs100 billion every month.”

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An LNG carrying ship which cost Rs6 billion, is now priced at Rs20 billion and the nation had to pay more than Rs500 billion this year due to such injustice done by Imran Khan’s government, he added

Expressing his resolve to provide relief to the public, Premier Shehbaz said that neither he would sit idle nor let anyone rest till the resolution of the issue.

With the destruction of the energy sector, he said, a conspiracy was hatched to deliver a fatal blow to the economy of Pakistan.

Visit to PKLI

PM Shehbaz said that the previous government of PTI took revenge on its political opponent.

He said this during a media talk after visiting Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) in Lahore. He visited different blocks of the hospital and was briefed about the issues.

Premier Shehbaz directed to present a detailed report on operational issues in the next 48 hours.

Talking to the media, he said that the PTI government took revenge on its political opponents. “I myself had to visit NAB prison a couple of times.”

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He said that it was the responsibility of the government to get poor people treated and the PML-N government had set up the hospital for this purpose.

He said that only 17 per cent people were getting free treatment at KPLI, adding that those who could afford should pay for their treatment so that poor people can be given priority.

The prime minister also said that the hospital consists 20 units out of which 16 are operational. He vowed to further improve the condition of the hospital.

(With additional input from News Desk)

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