Power crisis doesn't let me sleep at night: Nawaz

Nawaz urges the nation to be patient and not expect miracles overnight.

Web Desk May 28, 2013
He urged the nation to be patient as he promised to work hard to solve the problems of the country. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif spoke extensively about the energy crisis in his speech on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer being observed in Pakistan.

Nawaz, who was the prime minister when Pakistan first responded to India’s nuclear tests in 1998, focused on the rampant energy crisis in the country in his speech.

“What would others say? That a nation with nuclear capabilities has no electricity?” he asked.

The PML-N Chief said the energy crisis does not let him sleep at night and he plans to do his best to address this issue.

Read: Power play: Nawaz sets energy plan in motion

Nawaz urged the nation to be patient and not expect miracles overnight as the process of ending load-shedding across the country requires billions in investment.

"We could set up coal based plants in Karachi, however this too will take a lot of time. Rest assured that I will work day and night to solve our problems" advised Nawaz.

'Economic bomb'

Speaking of unemployment and poverty, Nawaz hoped that these problems would be a thing of the past once his reforms are implemented.

“I brought the nuclear bomb in my last tenure, this time an economic bomb will explode”, said Nawaz enthusiastically.

He encouraged overseas Pakistanis and foreign investors to invest in Pakistan as it would help the economy.

Shedding light on a recent official visit by Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Nawaz said that Pakistan and China had great plans in the pipelines, and if approved, the state of Pakistan will change.

He finished his speech by praying for the prosperity of Pakistan and its people.

Youm-e-Takbir is celebrated across the country today. In 1998, Pakistan had conducted nuclear tests at Chaghi, Balochistan in response to five nuclear explosions conducted by India, to become the seventh country in the world to possess nuclear weapons.

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Mumtaz Piracha | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The truth behind the power crisis in Pakistan lies in the under-capacity utilization of power plants owing to massive circular debt of Rs 872 billion on the one hand and the massive corruption in the generation, transmission and distribution organogram. Pakistan has installed capacity of 20,000 MW against peak demand of 17,000 MW while the current production varies from 8,000 to 12,000 MW. Load-shedding in Pakistan is spread over 18-22 hours

Mian Nawaz Sharif need not spend sleepless nights. Loadshedding can be cut down to half in six months if PMLN has a viable plan and competent, honest, dedicated professionals to deal with the power crisis without fear or favour. We need to focus on 30-40 percent line losses and electricity theft, electricity defaulters, shut-down power plants and under-capacity utilization. That should not take more than six months.

Let us not blow up the crisis for political gains.

saad | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

sleepless nights in lhr!! raiwand!! n oh yes! in the saudi kingdom!! n lo! despite being in exile and worried about homeland grew hair!! n on top of that according to sources, set up business there and guess who handled finance? an indian hindu!

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