ISLAMABAD: PMLN President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif has expressed grave concern over the worst load shedding making lives of the people miserable amid scorching heat.
In a statement Shehbaz said the amount of load-shedding is alarming despite the excess power generation capacity in the system. The people are starving, the school children are fainting, this situation is deplorable and reprehensible, he lambasted.
The PMLN President said the PTI should quit politics and should step down from government after witnessing the shocking scenes from all over the country. He reminded how in 2018, there was surplus power in the system and there was zero load shedding.
“If this government is so terrible that it cannot oeven manage installed capacity, it must go home and spare the people of Pakistan more misery in the heat of the entire summer to follow. If Imran Niazi is incapable and incapacitated to address this dire situation, a parliamentary committee should be formed so that the opposition would do something to provide relief to the people”, Shehbaz said.
He said Niazi’s government had already put everything beyond the buying capacity of the people, from bread to electricity and everything else. Imran’s policies have rendered millions unemployed and after flour and sugar medicine, people are struggling for access to electricity despite paying heavy bills, he added.
Shehbaz said Imran Khan has gifted the nation with a new Pakistan with old problem of load-shedding. He reminded that under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, 14,000 MW of additional power was generated to make Roshan Pakistan while
Imran Khan could not even run Pakistan with 14000 MW extra power.
The former Cheif Minister Punjab said by the grace of God Almighty, 5500 MW of electricity was generated in Punjab alone. But, he said over the past 9 years, the so-called 350 dams of PTI could not be built in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from where electricity was to be supplied to the whole of Pakistan.
Far from adding a single new unit, PTI has not been able to restore power supply to the whole of Pakistan in three long years. He said PMLN managed a reduction in line losses but this government could not maintain that reduction. PMLN recovered 93% electricity bill, but PTI government decreased it to 82%.
The present government was gifted a country that generates electricity at low cost, a country that had access to LNG
But they chose only to provide relief to ATMs instead of the public by generating expensive electricity on diesel, he slammed.
The present had a country with a circular debt of Rs 1,200 billion which they increased to Rs 2,800 billion
The government will now find a new excuse, fabricate a new lie, write a new story of accusation and deception, he concluded.