Govt responsible for power crisis: Nawaz Sharif

Published: October 4, 2011

Sharif said that the government of Punjab was the only one working for the people of Pakistan. PHOTO: PPI

MULTAN: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the federal government was involved and directly responsible for the power crisis that has hit the country.

Sharif was speaking to the media in Bahawalpur after condoling the death of PML-N MPA Mumtaz Jajja, who had died due to dengue fever in Lahore.

He said the government had to “face the music” and should face punishment by the public for creating a crisis.

The PML-N chief had earlier directed the party to support street protests.

The surge in prolonged loadshedding has disrupted life in many cities as load shedding has crossed 12 hours in Southern Punjab.

Sharif said that the government of Punjab was the only one working for the people of Pakistan.

“We have eradicated corruption and nepotism in Punjab,” he said. “I do not find anyone more competent and patriotic than Shahbaz Sharif for resolving the problems of the people of Pakistan.”

He said were no cases of corruption or mismanagement in Punjab, and that stern notice had been taken if any cases had come up.

“We have decided to promote a merit based accountability system free of corruption and nepotism in Pakistan,” said the PML-N chief.

Commenting on the statement made by Admiral Mike Mullen leveling allegations against the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), Sharif said that is was nothing more than a mere statement that the US official had made to enhance his status before his people.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • breitzer
    Oct 4, 2011 - 2:19PM

    what is the increase in power production in punjab and what r u doing to found new reserves…

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  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 4, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Yeah Central & Punjab Government … True …

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  • bhai
    Oct 4, 2011 - 2:56PM

    “We have decided to promote a merit based accountability system free of corruption and nepotism in Pakistan,”

    ROTFL!!!

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  • Lobster
    Oct 4, 2011 - 2:57PM

    @breitzer:
    Power production is not a provincial subject. Its federal domain and severe negligence has been shown Recommend

  • Word Life
    Oct 4, 2011 - 5:06PM

    @ bhai, ROTFL ??

    Please share the mega corruption scandals of Punjab Government vis a vis Federal Government

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  • abdul
    Oct 4, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Punjab cant produce power by themselve.. if they will do anything it will go to centre. punjab government cant do anything without the permission of centre.
    let me give you one example.

    in 2010 .. punjab purchased wheat from people… but when they asked to sell it .. as it was more then capicity.. centre didnt allow them to sell it .. because then can purchase it but cant sell it.. so most of wheat was damaged … just to create damage in punjab economy.

    same is the case with power generation. This department is under central government not under punjab . Otherwise in many areas they are using solar technology for water in lands in different areas in punjab.

    Shahbaz sharif already asked them that allow him to talk to sugar mills because they can produce electricity in cheap way.. but government didnt follow it .. he can suggest them but he cant force them to follow ( because he is not head of this department )

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  • Fortune Cookie
    Oct 4, 2011 - 6:13PM

    ‘We have eradicated corruption and nepotism in Punjab,” he said. “I do not find anyone more competent and patriotic than Shahbaz Sharif for resolving the problems of the people of Pakistan.”
    Ans of course Nawaz Shareef is also above repraoch!!!!!!!

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  • MaskeenDhoti
    Oct 4, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Wow. Nawaz Sharif has really let himself go..

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  • Junaid
    Oct 4, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Government responsible for power crises, inflation, Afghanistan issue, Karachi dispute…Yap Yap Yap. Well here i am seeing federal govt powerful enough to stage all theses. Do you have some responsibility too sir? You remained in collation for three long years. The same ignorant attitude like a child ‘Just put the sack on others shoulder and rest’

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  • malik
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:38PM

    We have chosen to fight with our biggest donor and angered the US who has now tightened the purse strings. The world community is also not in mood to help us with their billions in aid.
    China is willing to give us mobile phones with torch facility, but not hard cash.

    Our economy is ailing and the mango season is not year-around. Considering that we have always been living on doles since our independence, it is time to accept that we are going to face horrific times in the days to come. Power cuts now will become more frequent, with power only coming for a few hours a day. Fuel prices are going to skyrocket, and only the rich can afford to travel. You and I will have to stay content in the home, preferably having religious discussions by candle light.

    When there is money shortage, power shortage and fuel shortage, will the food shortage be far behind? It is bound to happen in a few months. **When poor people start rioting for food, then the world will call it a Pakistan Spring.

    Remember I Told You This First !

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  • Mirza
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:38AM

    Nawaz said “We have eradicated corruption and nepotism in Punjab,” he said. “I do not find anyone more competent and patriotic than Shahbaz Sharif”.
    This says it all. The eradicated corruption and nepotism in Punjab means more than 60% of Pakistan is free from all evils. In addition Shahbaz is the most competent and patriotic in Punjab. What would happen to Punjab and better part of Pakistan after Shahbaz?
    Sharif would do anything to avoid the next senate polls. All of a sudden he has become a real man and leader of opposition without contesting elections!

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  • Ali Hassan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Response Once again PML-N chief is getting insane and seems impatient to enter in the corridors of power as he started giving calls for street protests. Mr Sharif was of the view that the problems being faced by Pakistan could only be resolved if current government is removed. For quite some time, members of the PML-N had been involved in character assassination of President as per there party policy. It is hilarious that on one hand Mian Nawaz Sharif claims that he would not pose any threat to democratic process while on the other hand he trying to derail democracy by threatening of street protests. One thins another is most interesting that Nawaz Sharif is asking his workers to carry out protests while Chotay Mian Sahib is carrying out batten charge on protestors. Pakistani people are much more sensible and realize the problems country facing at this epoch of history and all these goons storming Wapda offices and police stations are workers of PML-N. Why doesn’t Mian Sahib become a part of solution rather than becoming a part of problem? Every one knows that country is facing gigantic challenges which can not be resolved by mere issuing derogatory statements or holding mid-term polls but coordinated joint efforts with a strong democracy.

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  • Hamid Bin Asim
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:56PM

    What Mian Nawaz Sharif is doing is all political gimmicks aimed at earning cheap popularity. I have always wondered whether we are an evil people by nature. Who is the person (s) that comes up with these half-baked, hair-brained “ideas”? Who are the ones that fall for it? And it not that it stops after we have been humiliated. We just come up with some new half-cocked “idea”. I mean you would think that after the Yellow Cabs actually bankrupted the nation and sent us scurrying off to the IMF we would never mention the words again. But Nawaz Sharif, later mercifully out of a job, vowed to launch a project of yellow tractors when he returned.
    And of course we have the Yellow Cab scheme back in the Punjab. To create jobs, I am told @ how many lacks per person? Is this the only way we can create jobs? Why not employ people to pick up trash? Paint schools and hospitals? No forget it. They will probably dilute the paint. Bad idea.Recommend

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