Fewer announcements, more change on the power front: Ashraf

Published: June 24, 2012
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Law and order will be tackled in a similar manner: PM PHOTO: FILE

Law and order will be tackled in a similar manner: PM PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Calling power management his number one priority, newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said on Sunday that he would rather have people “feel the difference” themselves on this front, rather than the government making announcements in this regard.  

“We have already held a meeting on this issue,” he stated. “Law and order will be tackled in a similar manner,” he added.

Ashraf, who is on a two-day trip to Sindh, visited Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bux and Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.

Responding to a question regarding writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, Ashraf said that his party does not want conflict between institutions and would work according to the constitution of the country.

Flanked by ministers and party members, Ashraf told media that no power can derail democracy in Pakistan.

“We respect all the institutions and we will always do so,” he said.

He further said that some people thought that Pakistan’s democratic process would be disrupted after Yousaf Raza Gilani’s disqualification, however, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has come out of this turmoil by following its policy of reconciliation.

“Everyone needs to come together for the sake of Pakistan,” he said.

He further said that anarchy would lead Pakistan to ruins and only democracy can save the country. Ashraf also promised to ensure free and fair elections in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Truth Detector
    Jun 24, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Fewer announcements, more change on
    the power front: Ashraf

    LOL !!!! Promise engine ignition on…be-fooling public system ready to launch….

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  • sad_Paki
    Jun 24, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Did he mention coming December or next December?

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  • B.Ally
    Jun 24, 2012 - 9:53PM

    People of Pakistan want economic development and better life. That would happen only when democratic system is allowed to function. Judiciary is playing an important role but Judiciary has no right to bulldoze the system. As a citizen I sense scales of justice are tilting some what unfairly. If citizens are watching government, they are also watching judiciary.

    Do not be over assertive in the zeal to look judicious. There should be checks and balances on every one even on judiciary. Let government function so that our real problems of hunger and poverty are taken care of. Do not make us a nation of habitual litigators. Do not take me wrong. Government must be under strict audit but it should not be subjected to paralysis in the process.

    The solution rests in functional democracy.

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  • Jun 24, 2012 - 10:49PM

    they will do something little better for people becus G.election coming near.

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  • Concerned
    Jun 24, 2012 - 10:49PM

    We are already experiencing the change. Islamabad was 1 hour after every 3 hours. Now its totally unscheduled. Thanks for the CHANGE

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  • Khalid
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:06AM

    Meera would make a better PM than him at least she can speeka English.

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  • Col Imtiaz
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:07AM

    Let’s see if he can make a difference

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:33AM

    @ Concerned: Absolutely right. He lives in F-8, why don’t we just lit up his home. Let the change begin from the capital.

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  • Ikism
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:34AM

    @B.Ally:
    Buddy I think sometimes one needs to take unconventional steps to stop the government from crossing its limits……

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  • elementary
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:41AM

    Andhair Nagri chaupat Raja !!

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  • Naresh
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:47AM

    @sad_Paki:
    .
    Did he mention coming December or next December?
    .
    He meant “14th August 2012”
    .
    Cheers

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  • Ali
    Jun 25, 2012 - 1:53AM

    When he was power minister he announced the scrapping of the Kala Bagh dam.
    He said the issue was dead and buried yet it is the best option we have.
    No more shooting ourselves in the foot please.

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  • NK
    Jun 25, 2012 - 3:34AM

    Rental Raja – what next – Mental Raja!!!

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  • Z
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:24AM

    There isn’t one quick solution to this problem, and borrowing more money to burn more oil certainly isn’t the answer. Anything in that direction is purely a short-term political ploy. Unless the politicians move to more hydro and coal sources for the long term, it just means they’re sweeping things under the rug.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 25, 2012 - 6:38AM

    Problem of power shortage is far more complex than anyone could imagine. Government buys power at Rs. 25 / unit and sells it for Rs. 9 per unit and effectively collects Rs. 4 / unit (only 47% of bills are collected). So effectively the Government buys power at 6 times the price it collects from consumers. Buying price of Rs. 25/unit is very, very high. Probably it is linked to the actual production and could be brought down significantly if production goes up. Building more hydro power capacity appears to be the only practical solution. But this can bring relief in the long term only. Ironically, lack of power also may result in less utilization of available water as power shortage may restrict the irrigation capacity. Consumers also cannot pay more as they do not have sufficient income. Overall, this is a very complex problem and anyone promising quick relief is just selling dreams. If anyone can solve it in a short time, he definitely deserves Noble Price for Economics.

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  • Arya
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:18AM

    There is one essential announcement that he can make..publish the name of those who owe dues to electricity companies, and let it begin with the cabinet ministers and their family. Post dated cheque should not be considered as payment, like that of Hina Rabbani Khar’s husband’s. He should select top 100 and meet them personally to collect the dues. A group of eunuch can be sent to dance outside the houses of debtors till they make payment.

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  • Burhan
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:41AM

    @Col Imtiaz:
    No he cannot. An utter failure in every thing he did how do yuou expect that he would make a change. No.

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