No more loadshedding in Pakistan: Naveed Qamar

Published: February 6, 2012
The Petroleum Minister says that there will be no load shedding starting from Monday.

The Petroleum Minister says that there will be no load shedding starting from Monday.

ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar said in the National Assembly that there will be no loadshedding in Pakistan from Monday onwards.

He made this announcement in response to a question related to power outages by MNA Sardar Saleem Haider.

“We have taken steps to produce more electricity to overcome the dilemma of power outage,” Qamar said on floor of the House.

He, however, could not explain how the government will succeed in its claim that there will be no loadshedding from Tuesday.

Private Power and Infrastructure Board Bill- 2011

Earlier, the Senate passed the Private Power and Infrastructure Board Bill– 2011 despite opposition from the Awami National Party (ANP).

The bill, aimed at attracting and facilitating private investment in the power sector, was already passed by the National Assembly. The bill will now be sent to President Asif Ali Zardari for final approval.

The Private Power Infrastructure Board was established in 1994 by the federal government through a notification and later was given legal cover through legislation.

Power minister Qamar had highlighted the benefits of the bill, saying it would help the federal government implement its power policy fully, award projects and facilitate private power companies.

According to the minister, the bill will empower the concerned ministry to coordinate with provincial governments, including Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other regulatory bodies over the implementation of power policies.

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  • Usman
    Feb 6, 2012 - 10:52PM




  • Concerned
    Feb 6, 2012 - 10:54PM

    We really have some feudal as ministers. Can the professionals kindly take over? As soon as possible? Recommend

  • HoneyBee
    Feb 6, 2012 - 10:56PM

    JOKE . . . . !!!!


  • Gulfam
    Feb 6, 2012 - 10:58PM

    opssss……nyc joke


  • Gulfam
    Feb 6, 2012 - 10:59PM

    nice joke…..


  • Cautious
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:04PM

    Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar said
    in the National Assembly that there
    will be no loadshedding in Pakistan
    from Monday onwards.

    Credibility. Maybe Pakistani’s should look up the term because it seems to be missing in most of your leaders.


  • Pakistani
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:12PM

    It’s true…. one monday will come when there would be no load shedding.


  • MJK
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:13PM

    which Monday???


  • Nand
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Naveed Qamar could you come to the talk shows on Tuesday night to explain why there was loading shedding again?


  • Parvez
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:15PM

    There never should have been any load shedding in the first place.
    A shortage was artificially created to justify RPP scheme from which huge money was made at the expense of the national exchequer – simply disgusting.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:20PM

    Syed Naveed Qamar:

    Your predecessor Raja Pervez Ashraf has also told lies on load-shedding and now you Syed Naveed Qamar is telling the same lie.

    The one thing common between you and your predecessor are that both of you belongs to PPP.


  • JJ
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:22PM

    **Minister Naveed Qamar said in the National Assembly that there will be no loadshedding in Pakistan from Monday onwards.**

  • Feb 6, 2012 - 11:45PM

    It reminded me of Raja Pervez Ashraf “31Dec 2010 tak is mulk se load-shedding ka hamesha k liay khatama ho jayga”


  • Sayyed Mehdi
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Interesting. Did he mention how exactly they managed to get rid of such a huge problem? By the way I’m seeing absolutely no load shedding since Monday.


  • Usman
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:09AM

    hahahaahahahahahaha ….


  • Ali
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:16AM

    hahahahahhhahhhahahahahahahhahah looooooooooool rofllll !!!Recommend

  • Aamir
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Seriously ??????????????


  • Feb 7, 2012 - 12:25AM

    I think ANP is an anti-Pakistan party who is pay roll of RAW and CIA. so ANP wants see the Pakistan breaking due to power shortage.


  • Zeta
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:26AM

    Dont worry love. its missing in most country’s leaders


  • Shamy
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Passing such statements should be a sin !


  • Aryan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:48AM

    Next as always.


  • Masood A. Kiani
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:51AM

    Shah jee, go back to slumber, you are not awake yet.


  • Feb 7, 2012 - 12:57AM

    From Monday until the day we get re-elected from you people.


  • TorreNt
    Feb 7, 2012 - 1:39AM

    I would surely like to see a suo moto action on this statement.


  • pakistani baloch
    Feb 7, 2012 - 1:50AM

    election is coming !!!!


  • Ivan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:01AM

    No problem, he has a platoon of Jinns at his command..


  • Nasir
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:40AM

    Its not his fault – he probably did not learn the meaning of “NO” in school


  • Amir Mian
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:44AM

    Has this minister found a “Jadoo ka charaagh” that he could not previously see because of load shedding… These idiots do not deserve to sit in parliment..!!!


  • Raza
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:56AM

    ??? I’m speechless. From tomorrow onwards, the media should start calling him on TV shows and asking him why there was loadshedding. What a joke!


  • hammad
    Feb 7, 2012 - 3:15AM

    Here’s the secret. Read carefully. The government will print more money, ignoring the recommendations by the State Bank. This money will be used to pay the rental power owners who have not been paid up till now. The power production will resurge only for a short time, but inflation will sky-rocket. The next government who comes after the elections will face the burnt of this policy, not to mention the people of Pakistan.
    The only way to sustainable power is building more dams; basically hydro power. Nuclear can be good too.


  • Mirza
    Feb 7, 2012 - 3:52AM

    Unless we devote all our nuclear resources and knowledge from bomb making to power generation, nothing can change the plight of Pakistanis. We have enough talent and knowhow only the allocation of resources to the civilian use is missing. Things do not happen themselves we have to make them happen.


  • Ali
    Feb 7, 2012 - 4:56AM

    hmmm lets hope this is true!!! inshaAllah :)


  • non-conformist
    Feb 7, 2012 - 5:11AM

    This only means load-shedding uptil now was deliberate govt. policy and could have been avoided.


  • Feb 7, 2012 - 6:05AM

    This is the fundamental flaw of parliamentary form of government. If we switch to presidential form these moonlighting feudal won’t wreck the utilities.


  • Zeena Pasha
    Feb 7, 2012 - 6:29AM

    Load shedding…corruption…killing minorities….Veeena Malik….pick your subject of choice?


  • Abeer
    Feb 7, 2012 - 6:36AM

    Isn’t that what they say when they want to increase tariff?

    Mr. Naveed Qamar could you explain why such ridiculously short deadline?


  • Viper
    Feb 7, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Does anybody here know how long it takes to create additional power-generating capacity? Power requirements for today should have been factored in by Musharraf’s government. You cannot generate additional capacity overnight. Yet nobody holds Mushy responsible – the fear of the uniform is still very strong in Pakistan.


  • Feb 7, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Haaahh! Look who is talking. ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’

    Now that the elections are drawing near the PPP wants to appease and placate the electorate. This is what you call ‘a grand conman ship.’

    Viva PTI. We will vote for you. Salams to Pakistan


  • Truth From Pakistan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 7:53AM

    Joke of the century.


  • GS@Y
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:03AM

    I doubt the load shedding will stop, but this is still a very bold statement to make and put on the record. He’s put the government on the spot and made it vulnerable to major embarrassment. My guess is that given the low demand for electricity in the winters, the government may be able to pull this off if it’s made arrangements for some excess supply to meet the depressed demand. Such a situation, however, cannot last beyond a few months because demand for electricity will start rising again as the weather gets hotter.


  • Babloo
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:10AM

    By a constititional amendment, load shedding has been banned. So dont worry.
    Next the minister is going to ban poverty.


  • A. Khan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:36AM

    So the rumor was true… that this was a “created” shortage created so that extortionate contracts could be signed quickly for “rental power plants” to meet the “emergency”.

    Now that foreign bank accounts have been credited, lo and behold suddenly, no more load shedding. How is that possible ? Did the snow suddenly melt ?


  • A. Khan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:37AM

    I shouldn’t be saying this but given the picture above, I wouldn’t purchase anything from this man, not even if he were hawking vegetables on a rehri outside my house.


  • Tariq
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:51AM

    He will change the number of hours in a day,


  • HoneyBee
    Feb 7, 2012 - 8:52AM

    yes its true


  • Irtiza
    Feb 7, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Well!! there is no load shedding since this monday where i live.


  • positive pakistani
    Feb 7, 2012 - 9:38AM

    Come on guys…..PPP needed some “Matter” to plan their next election campaign! ….this is in line perfectly


  • SAJ
    Feb 7, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Didn’t he forgot to mention the YEAR?? lolxx


  • Arsal
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:00AM

    No load shedding in my area since last evening…Allah nazar na lagaye hamari bijli ko…sub dua karain plzRecommend

  • MannyK
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:02AM

    First: LOLZ!!!!! ROFLZ!!!! haaaaaaahhahhahhahhahahhahahahaaaa!!!!

    OK, now thats out of the way – here’s a simple solution: The Govt. will outlaw the usage of electric appliances! No demand, no shortage!!!!Recommend

  • Waseem
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:18AM

    This seems to be a decision purely based for the remainder period of the PPP. We would be under sun and moon light soon afterwards.


  • Aslam Nisar
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Its a joke….load shedding already on since morning


  • Fauzan Naeem
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:40AM

    “No more loadshedding” = Elections are coming


  • Saqib
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:42AM

    HahahaHahahah hahah .. hahahahahahahahah ..huhuhuhuh OmG .. what a joke .Hahaha


  • Citizen
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:46AM

    What a joke !


  • Sayed Aasim Jawaid
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:51AM

    Would you believe, the minute, i clicked to read this, the light went out in my Factory…..What a Joke…….When would we stop believing this Guys……Thumbs up Mr. Minister……


  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 7, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Wow the uncontrollable crisis from last 4 years and controllable till 2018 now has been controlled within few months.Apparently this will be considered the biggest achievement of present government but furtively this achievement shall be cashed for next general elections by PPP’s government and this no-lead-shedding achievement and offer is for limited time and is valid for only till the next general elections.This is not permanent offer and achievement.And this statement may be withdrawn and these words may be taken back as Raja Pervez Ashraf any time and any day.


  • Realist
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:04AM

    May be he meant no more loadshedding in the industrial sector. He never said no loadshedding anywhere.


  • mussarat ahmedzeb(Swat)
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:08AM

    you say we believe ;-)


  • JS
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Would love to see Mr. Qamar read the comments here to his statement…also he forgot to mention that by Tuesday corruption will have ended, by Wednesday gas will be available for all on full pressure, and by Friday i think we will have become an enlightened moderate nation… Recommend

  • khan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:12AM

    i m gona b madRecommend

  • Hasnain
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:38AM

    We suppose that there is no more load shedding in Pakistan but for how long…? as the summer season is coming and i am sure that they start again the laod shedding as they dont have any proper plan to get rid of that.Govt should find one complete solution for that..


    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:47AM

    Like everyday exactly at 8 am today the electricity was turned off here in Westridge Rawalpindi.The guy must be sleeping when he gave the statement that “No more load shedding in Pakistan:”


  • Sayyed Mehdi
    Feb 7, 2012 - 12:22PM

    If they really had solved this crisis, Gilani would have been announcing it in a press conference.


  • ahsanl
    Feb 7, 2012 - 1:36PM

    This really made my day hahahaha.. whattay joke


  • Vigilant
    Feb 7, 2012 - 1:56PM
  • sultan
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:22PM

    They still have heart to lie, load shedding never stopped in Abbottabad and Hazara, other than few exceptions, even today there has been no light since early morning in Abbottabad and its past 2 pm now. How they lie? and keep on lying. We would b really ‘baigharait’ not to go 4 vote this time and that too 4 someone who really can change. Good Luck Pakistan.


  • dude
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @MJK — white Monday


  • Ayaz Munir
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:55PM

    He said there will be no load shedding from Monday onwards, he didnt say , Monday of which month & which year


  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 7, 2012 - 2:57PM

    We often see him sleeping during assembly sessions. This is something which he might have dreamed while sitting in the assembly and suddenly someone must have posted this question to him and he immediately said “No load-shedding from tomorrow”. This is a wish of whole nation and he is part of it. Forgive him, please.


  • Ash
    Feb 7, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Nice gesture. Unfortunately no one was able to witness the announcement due to a mysterious power outage..or wait a minute…its the Load Shedding thats continuing despite his tall claims….


  • Noman
    Feb 7, 2012 - 5:38PM

    Hey guys!! pay some respect! he said monday!! he didnt said the coming monday, it could be any monday :P:P


  • BLing BLing
    Feb 7, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Naveed Qamar finds a magic lamp and rubs it. A genie appears and asks him, his 3 wishes.
    NQ: End the loadshedding in Pakistan

    The genie disappears.


  • Anonymous
    Feb 7, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Mr. Minister, Please explain just how are you going to achieve this. Pakistan has had enough of hollow promises and talks from Minister who are mostly incapable and are only Ministers by virtue of their Party connections. The only way I can see you do this work is by adapting my name. “Jadugar ” that too I doubt it.Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2012 - 7:24PM

    IS IT REAL? Thanks to Allah who helped Pakistan, a country of noble minds and souls.Recommend

  • Hash
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Jeeezz… just spent the buck on the power back-up system, got it up and running and now there’s going to be no more of load-shedding… what in the world have we come to and besides this is unfair :P


  • Dr. Ishtiaq
    Feb 7, 2012 - 11:16PM

    now they will soon going to announce that electricity prices are increased … a typical trick


  • Timothythewise
    Feb 8, 2012 - 3:48AM

    It’s not easy to comprehend Mr. Qamar’s statement but what he’s trying to say is:

    Elections are almost here! Vote for PPP!


  • Feb 8, 2012 - 9:39AM

    This only means load-shedding uptil now was deliberate govt. policy and could have been avoided.

    TRUE i agree & yes now PPP needs public Support


  • Ihsan ur Rehman
    Feb 8, 2012 - 1:20PM

    TOTAL stupidity!!!!!!!!!
    This is the height of mis-management of affairs, from where they have generated electricity in one night???? We have the capacity but can not run it due to circular debt? Now the Govt has decided to print the 3 Arab currency notes on daily basis to pay off the IPP’s ( where ever inflation goes) so they may get the credit before the new elections ” HUM NAY MULK SAY LOADSHEDDING KA KHATMA KAR DIA”.
    Similar is the case with Gas (CNG), in order to get more collection of taxes the short fall of natural gas has been created or it is toally being mis-managed??????

    Lets hope and vote for some change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Shyam
    Feb 8, 2012 - 3:08PM

    The good minister Naveed Qamar is just talking about adopting celibacy (i.e. no load shedding) and not about a solution to the power problem


  • KB
    Feb 8, 2012 - 3:28PM

    If they could have done it over-night, what took them 4 years, Next Elections?


  • JaySabir
    Feb 8, 2012 - 4:10PM

    i am writing this comment while listening the sound of my generator :-)


  • Hadi Ansari
    Feb 8, 2012 - 7:30PM

    It is the joke of the year.Never mind Ministers’ statement was for deaf ears only and not for media.


  • Feb 8, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Today, 08022012, we had four power outages lasting two hours. Thanx to the generator and UPS we continued working.
    But the cost of fuel? Exorbitant. Will the minister recompense us for that? Haaahh! Mr. Minister PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. PPP is not being re-elected.
    What a mess of the country you all have made INSHALLAH. Salams to beleaguered Pakistan


  • Sacha
    Feb 9, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Hahahaha…Chal jhoota!


  • aneeque
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:12AM

    these idiot lied again
    loadshedding started again liars………………


  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Limited time offer has ended and load shedding has been started once again and this reason is being defined,declared and disclosed that the government is not giving the money to the IPPs for electricity production.


  • mawali
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:09AM

    Mr naveed…how are you planning to solve power crisis ? By your Jedi power?


    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:44PM

    LIAR lied again as load shedding started with vengeance again, continuous for 2 to 2.5 hrs at a stretch.


  • Feb 19, 2012 - 8:28AM

    18 hours of power cut off in MARDAN City… this is continued from last Power Minister Naveed Qamar said no #loadshedding from feb 08


  • nasir
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Continues load shedding of 3 or more hours in lahore city.Recommend

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