Govt accepts the challenge of resolving energy crisis

Published: June 9, 2012

"Whoever is claiming to be able to resolve the energy crisis within three years is lying," Prime Minister Gilani. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the government has accepted the challenge of resolving energy crisis in the country. “We have initiated so many projects for overcoming energy shortages in the country with the help of short-term, mid-term and long-term programmes. It is not possible to overcome energy crisis in three years as claimed by the opposition, he said while replying to a question about energy crisis at the inauguration of First Pakistan International Gems and Jewellery Exhibition. 

Gilani said that his government has added 3,700 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid. “The Pakistan Peoples Party- led coalition government has started work on Thar coal project to generate electricity. We have initiated work on Diamer-Bhasha dam, kicked off the Neelam-Jhelum project, we are negotiating with Iran on gas and electricity supply projects, working on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, establishing a channel to import electricity from Central Asian states and constructing wind and solar projects in the country,” he said.

The prime minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has stopped run-of-the-river programme for generating electricity initiated by former chief minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. He said that whosoever is claiming to resolve energy crisis in three years is lying. “We are a responsible government. We have taken the ownership and accepted the challenge and will resolve this issue” he vowed.

Responding to a query on food sufficiency, the prime minister said that Pakistan has attained food security and reaped bumper crops this year. “Pakistan was importing wheat in 2008, but now the country is able to export it. We are exporting sugar due to surplus. Similarly, we have achieved a bumper rice crop and harvested an all time high cotton crop”.

Answering a question on unemployment, he said that the government has provided jobs to the people as envisaged in the party’s manifesto according to the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. The government has regularised contractual employees in the country, he added. Replying to a question about the federal budget, he said that there could not be a better budget under the prevailing circumstances. He further added that the government raised its employees’ salaries in every budget it has presented.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Production Minister Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Jun 9, 2012 - 1:42PM

    Accepting the challenge after 4 years? haha. The incompetency is a bigger threat than corruption. Lack of vision is more harmful for a nation than corruption. The worst thing about PPP is this that they are spreading the message that everyone in this country is as poor as they are. Nobody can solve a problem. HuH

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  • Parvez
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:32PM

    Four years have passed with you saying the same thing and matters have gone from bad to worse. It’s evident that your government is either clueless or is complicit in the benefits derived from mis-managing this important sector.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Look who is talking?

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  • Aftab
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:39AM

    Vote for Imran Khan if you care for your country. These lot have destroyed it

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  • Arshad Naushahi
    Jun 11, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Honorable PM has accepted bundles of challenges right from taking oath as PM

    Truly speaking Prime Minister has become a challenge for whole of the nationRecommend

  • Shahid Aslam
    Jun 17, 2012 - 10:32PM

    What is the cause of this crisis and why this happened? Everybody knows but nothing is done to punish the culprits. Prime Minister statement of selling the energy to other countries is just another lies as there is no other country like Pakistan to whom you can sell this energy. This nation has destroyed their country and is crippling towards its death. Neither articles nor positive thinking can solve the problem; it needs physical efforts which are not there. Corruption is at its peak. Every influential person is exploiting the available resources and even the sacred activity was looted. The country is stuffed with stupid leaders. Instead of overcoming the energy crisis they are spending on Benazir Income Support, Laptop Scheme, Yellow Cab Scheme, Small Loan, Tractor Scheme and Danish School etc. All these schemes are sham. Nothing can be done except going back to Stone Age. This is the fate of all corrupt nations and they got it.

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