LAHORE: The federal government’s mismanagement of power resources and unjust treatment of Punjab is unacceptable, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif told reporters during a visit of Children’s Hospital on Eid day. The chief minister said that the federal government had made people’s lives miserable by cutting off power on Eid day and during Ramazan. “[President Asif] Zardari and his gang are responsible,” he said. Sharif said that he had presented Punjab’s case at a meeting of the Council of Common Interests, arguing that the province was discriminated against in electricity supply, but the federal government was not sincere about wanting equitable distribution of power resources. He said that the power shortage was hurting farmers, industrialists and workers. He said that the crisis was borne out of the inefficiency and corruption of the federal government, but the people would reject Zardari at the next elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.