FAISALABAD, (SANA): Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has said the power crisis was one of the major problems facing Pakistan. He said that the nation would get rid of load shedding and drone strikes. Nawaz said what he is saying would be implemented. He said that the gas and electricity theft would not be tolerated.
Nawaz Sharif along with Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Information Minister Senator Parvez Rashid, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Shaukat Tarin and Abid Sher Ali visited the Faisalabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry and inquired about the problems of the businessmen. The meeting was also briefed by sui gas and WAPDA officials.
Speaking to media on the occasion Mian Nawaz Sharif said that his government’s attention was completely focused on resolving the power crisis.
The premier said that he would not give any deadline to end load shedding but he said that power outages could be reduced through curbing electricity theft.
The prime minister said that exemplary punishment would be given to electricity thieves.
Nawaz Sharif said that corrupt elements would be given harsh punishment, adding that his government would not adopt double standards.
Nawaz further said the Chinese government wanted to set up a power plant in Pakistan in collaboration with his government to end load shedding.
The prime minister said that he had issued directions to end power outages during Sehr and Iftar but it was due to dilapidated system that caused load shedding.
He said that power thieves were Pakistan’s enemies and his government would not tolerate unscrupulous elements.
Nawaz Sharif ordered concerned authorities to take stern action against those involved in electricity and gas theft. He said that we are still talking about the electricity load shedding instead of passing 65 years, adding that we should have been talking about the infrastructure development, exports, progress of farmers, provision of jobs to people and establishment of Lahore Karachi motorway.
He said no corruption scandal would surface from the PML-N government. He said that if any corruption scandal would emerge then he would take notice of it and exemplary punishment would be given to the people involved in corruption. He said it is responsibility of the government to purge the society from electricity thieves, adding that if the electricity theft is stopped then the load shedding of would decrease up to 50%.
Nawaz Sharif said that there is no double policy of the government regarding the drone strikes, adding that these strikes certainly would end, adding that if the political government had continued work there would have been no drone strikes in country. He said that the government wants permanent solution of the electricity problem, adding that we have to think about next 25 years.
Nawaz said that his government equal progress of the whole country, adding that the day will certainly come when the load shedding menace would end from country. Replying a question he said that the PML-N government would try its best to resolve the problems of past many years. He said that the country is facing threat from the terrorism, adding that the support of masses is required to tackle the terrorism problem.
The Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also visited a textile mill in Faisalabad that was involved in gas theft.
The prime minister was briefed regarding gas theft being done by the factory owners. He was informed that the factory owners allegedly stole gas worth 270 million rupees.
The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) recently started an operation against gas theft and had raided multiple commercial mills and factories.
The mill in Faisalabad was raided as a part of this operation and was fined a total of Rs0.11 billion.
A case was filed against the owner of the mill and the equipment used for gas supply was also seized.