Pakistan's electricity crisis will end by 2018, says PM Nawaz

Published: February 26, 2015
The premier will also be attending the trade fair at the Expo centre in city today. PHOTO: REUTERS

The premier will also be attending the trade fair at the Expo centre in city today. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Thursday for a one-day visit to preside over the Sindh apex committee meeting and to tend to other official duties, Express News reported. 

Read: Apex committee meeting: Terrorists will be flushed out, says Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz and other officials will be discussing the implementation of the National Action Plan in the meeting.

Read: National Action Plan: Sindh to raise force to fight terrorism 

The premier also attended the Expo Pakistan 2015, a trade fair, being held at the Expo Centre in the city today.

Read: Expo Pakistan 2015: Exhibition expected to do over $1b business

Nawaz Sharif will also be visiting the family of former Supreme Court judge Justice (retired) Rana Bhagwandas who passed away a few days earlier after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Read: Former SC judge Rana Bhagwandas passes away in Karachi

Addressing the audience at the Expo Centre, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was adamant that the energy crisis in the country would end by 2018 and urged industrialists to invest in Karachi.

“Please prepare yourselves because we will overcome this energy crisis. There will be enough energy for everyone so I urge everyone to lay the foundation of their businesses,” the premier said.

PM Nawaz spoke extensively on the energy crisis and his government’s efforts to rid the country from the problem completely and reduce the costs for everyone.

Commenting on the aims to eradicate terrorism from the country, PM Nawaz said that efforts for the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) across the country are being made and soon everyone would see a change, especially in Karachi.

Read: Implications of the National Action Plan

The premier lauded the efforts of the textile and rice industries in Karachi and congratulated all those who participated at the ninth Expo Centre trade fair.

“We want the country to move forward and I can already say that the economy is growing. The exhibition has given traders and businesses the opportunity to promote their businesses to the world and gives us the opportunity to learn about other cultures,” he noted.

PM Nawaz concluded his address by thanking all the foreign visitors and officials who visited Karachi to attend the fair and hoped they would remember all good things about Pakistan.


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Reader Comments (35)

  • Kala_bacha
    Feb 26, 2015 - 2:03PM

    His highness gave the oppurtunity to city and let us feel to be part of Pakistan at least for one day only!Recommend

  • Feb 26, 2015 - 2:19PM

    PM you can stay more than one day in Karachi, we wont mind.Recommend

  • sajjadkhan
    Feb 26, 2015 - 3:52PM

    Nawaz Sharif will work attentionally on Karachi situation & take more steps.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 26, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Good job! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 26, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Here we go again….NS has not learned anything from his brother. According to news reports couple of days ago, NEPRA unlikely sees a relief from load shedding by the end of 2020.Recommend

  • JB
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Quite convenient…just in time for the next elections?Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:26PM

    what job?Recommend

  • Sonya
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:36PM

    I think Pakistan will get out of all crises the day you leave.Recommend

  • thurka sullemaga
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:44PM

    Thank god. Right man for the right job but wrong country. Wish nawaz be our prime minister forever. We Pakistanis criticise him for everything. Look at this, can anyone do something like this. Nawaz is a great leader.Recommend

  • shahid
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:59PM

    @thurka sullemaga:
    Yes let the project be completed. Then talk. You must be living in London or new York, the state of affairs here is pathetic.Recommend

  • Humza
    Feb 26, 2015 - 6:09PM

    @Pakistani: Here is a guy who is trying to tackle the electricity crisis but instead people complain. Musharraf stayed for decade without adding 1 KW to the national grid but not a peep. Now Nawaz Sharif is expected to fix everything in 2 years? Give this guy credit for working and creating infrastructure. I am sure he will improve the energy crisis.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 26, 2015 - 6:52PM

    why should they have made promises to put an end to ever lingering load shedding in just 6 or even two years just to fetch the vote, what type of infrastructure have they developed so far, i want you to enlist along with list of ch,pervaz elahi and Musharraf era infrastructure developmentRecommend

  • aqeel
    Feb 26, 2015 - 7:01PM

    6 months,1year,2 years,3 years, 4years, now 2018 in next few months it will be 2020,2025,2030, etc———Recommend

  • Ali S
    Feb 26, 2015 - 7:25PM

    2018 you say? Just in time for the next elections then ;)Recommend

  • Humza
    Feb 26, 2015 - 9:44PM

    @raider: Tell you what. If the energy issue and electricity crisis which has developed over the last 15 odd years hasn’t improved much, then both of us should vote for another candidate in the next elections. that’s who democracy works. a government is given a term based on plans and if they deliver, fine and if not, vote them out. I remainn optimistic since I use the motorways developed by Nawaz Sharif and I am excited to drive to Karachi once the Lahore – Karachi Motorway is also completed. I think Metro Bus projects are great for efficient mass transit and I believe that Gwader Port along with rail plans being developed by the Chinese will improve the economy. Things are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but at least things are finally looking upbeat after so long.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 26, 2015 - 10:49PM

    after peeping glimpse at your substantiated volume of comments, i happen to perceive you might have presented very solid rebuttal, but i could find there what i could expect, what is unique with you is nothing but always a motorway from Lahore to Islamabad for soothing of power lovers which always likely to move from Lahore to Islamabad, completed that one in two terms, at least you should be able to have an extraction from Musharraf era university number tooled from 58 to 132, HEC was master piece, even gawadar port first phase developed by Musharraf, all cardiology institution made by Musharraf, media revolution accredited to that dictator, all the major intuitions currently littered by filthy politics have been established that dictator , NADRA ,NAB, NEPRA ,few to number, such things could be expanded to pages, still I don’t support Musharraf like you supporting Sharif and cronies still 6th timeRecommend

  • Bunty
    Feb 27, 2015 - 12:41AM

    All I have is, LOL! We have seen and heard that numerous times before.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 27, 2015 - 12:43AM

    You will also be able to use the bullet train Mian sahib promised us. Not heard much about that lately though….Recommend

  • Asim
    Feb 27, 2015 - 5:55AM

    Just a day before next General Elections i Guess.Recommend

  • KS
    Feb 27, 2015 - 6:14AM

    In 2018, it will be must for Pakistan to elect PML N again so that they could finish their projects in six months after the elections.

    Otherwise responsibility of failure would lie with the populace, and not Nawaz Sharif.

    If only we know what he means. :)Recommend

  • marshal is back
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:21AM

    Heard that one beforeRecommend

  • Humza
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:24AM

    @raider: Why not be straight forward and admit that you prefer dictatorship and authoritarian rule instead of hiding behind the bushes? Da Vinci once retorted that a small truth is more powerful than the biggest lie. Ten years of dictatorship along with its accompanying terrorism, instability and destruction of institutions is there for all to see. Some may argue that Musharraf’s 10 years and Bush’s years were some type of economic boom but those with insight see it for what it was. Speculative consumer based spending that had to implode. And it did. All your talk about HEC and universities would make sense to me if you could tell me which schools distinguished themselves on the world stage due to the actions of Musharraf – the answer is none. Media freedom to undermine the mooring of a nation by a less than sanguine and immature journalist community gives you the level of news reporting you see on Pakistani TV which no doubt you admire. Please expand your thesis to pages and you will find each of every point you have to justify the ten year rule of a dictator as flawed as your veiled slight at the democratic model. Democracy is hardly ideal but at least Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Zardari or anyone else for that model can be voted out. Why not tell us the great intellectual and developmental strides made by authoritarian Arab regimes in the last few decades too?Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Very good work pm sahib.Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2015 - 10:53AM

    @Kala_bacha: Yes, you are right. However, have you seen how podgy and lumpy he has become? This means he is enjoying the good life.
    What Karachi Shareef needs is not PPP or PMLN, we need Karachiites who understand and are body and soul of Karachi. We do not want outsiders to run the show for us because of a Constitutional flaw.
    Let these insiders be educated and civilized persons who know how to reorganize departments and get the job done…….well in time. You will find these people living the length and breadth of Karachi Shareef. Have a nice day and SalamsRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 27, 2015 - 11:38AM

    My sincere hope that you are not as naive as your comments. You assumed yourself that people expect the problems to be solved in 2 years. If the current state of affairs and performance of the government, its ministries, departments etc. are not enough reason to seriously question NS’s ability and capability then we are not talking about the same country! Similarly, 2 years is also not a short period of time. It is enough time to fix atleast one ministry / industry or a government department to function as it should. Can you name one?! Try to differentiate between a cosmetic change and an actual improvement.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 27, 2015 - 12:04PM

    Doesn’t he get tired of repeating the same lies ……… or is out of habit.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 27, 2015 - 12:07PM

    where is work, look before you leapRecommend

  • zra
    Feb 27, 2015 - 1:19PM

    He isn’t going to move a finger until 2018- be it the improvement of law and order in Karachi or finding a fix for the deepening energy crisis. Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 27, 2015 - 1:40PM

    masses in Pakistan are not conscientious enough to vote a dictator vs. democratic rule, i strongly endorse democracy, is there any democracy in world hindering local body Govt which are ought to be actual soul of democracy, is there any democracy where election commission personal s are manipulated to slide vote pool in their favor, is there exist any integrity of existent ECP, accountability is part and parcel of democracy think what is NAB, meant at just loot and plunder be legitimized by just appointing it head, where is police, anyone could laugh while naming police in every bit of Pakistan, woes of democracies prevailing in Pakistan are endless, after 7 years progress in negative figure is not fault rest with democracy, it merely with humane resource , change that which is seemingly impossible without reforming system, i will like just one of your query be answered regarding HEC, HEC has been admired by international community and even tried to follow that India, even presented a report threat to India from Pakistani science after worthwhile performance of HEC at international forum if i could remember, they have tried their best to abolish it to preserve their real degrees obtained from most probably from madrassahs of pro-Taliban outfits Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Feb 27, 2015 - 2:11PM


    The news just reported that PIMS has given 3 years to poor patients for surgery etc; while motorway from Islamabad to lahore is being constructed at the cost of Rs 42 billion….so, what should be the priority of the govt ? Health or motorways ? Is this not a misplaced priorities ? This govt want to focus on physical projects which the people can see not feel….and as long as terrorism and religious radicalisim is concerned…thanks to Gen Zia which every one seem to forget just because he is no more in this world, so shift it to Gen M……very convinient.

    Where are those pre- election manifestos ? Electricity will be made afsilable in 90 days and after coming to power, the PML N govt and its ministers started to give different dates ? Why ? Do they think we are such fools…yes! they do as long as they have supporters like you….Recommend

  • willed
    Feb 27, 2015 - 3:16PM

    u mean 11 may 2018 ?Recommend

  • Wasif
    Feb 28, 2015 - 9:56AM

    Incomplete and misleading headlines. Should be

    Pakistan’s electricity crisis will end by 2018’s elections and will start again after that. Then load shedding end would be promised for 2023 and so on : PM Nawaz SharifRecommend

  • Mar 27, 2015 - 12:06PM

    we will give him credit if he will do smthng he hasnt done anything he is just asking for time….he promised to resolve it in 6 months but failed…..the one who cant speak against india and america can do nthng…….he is the person who didnt even raise the statement on border attack by india…..Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2015 - 12:07PM

    motorways can do nthng when ppl are dying of food water and health facilitiesRecommend

  • Mar 27, 2015 - 12:09PM

    ppl first need food and health facilitiesRecommend

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