PM to address energy issue in maiden speech

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ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would most likely make his maiden address to the nation on July 23 (Tuesday) and besides announcing the salient features of his government’s energy policy, he would take the masses into confidence over the measures being taken by his government to put the country back on track.

Sources said the deepening power shortfall and the energy policy would also be taken up by Tuesday’s meeting of the Council of Common Interests, where the provinces would give their final nod, so that the prime minister’s address to the nation could not precede the CCI meeting.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office however said the address could be delayed for another day or so, keeping in view his engagements. They said the new energy policy would be tabled before all the four chief ministers as its implementation in the provinces would have a major impact as regards power tariff rates, billing and power theft.

The government wants an affirmative nod from the provinces before making the document public, or in case the provinces come up with some valuable input, the same would be incorporated into the policy.

Sources said the premier's address to the nation before getting the energy policy approved by the provinces would be meaningless as Nawaz Sharif would like to give a strong and a positive message to the people of Pakistan that political forces in the country were united on national issues and they really meant business.

Sources said the prime minister would likely to take the nation into confidence, share the salient features of the new energy policy, the challenges facing the country both internally and externally, the broader contours of country's foreign policy which would going to see a major shift vis-à-vis Islamabad's relations with neighbouring countries, particularly India and Afghanistan.

The prime minister would also inform the nation about the major decision taken by the government in one-and-a-half month about the subject of power.

Sources said the prime minister would also take the nation into confidence on major development projects the government was going to execute in coming years with focus on overcoming the energy crisis and to bring progress and prosperity to the nation.

About the precarious law and order situation in the country, the prime minister would share with the people the short-term and long-term plans of the government to bring normalcy to the troubled areas with a specific reference to Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and port city of Karachi.

The prime minister would also make mention of government's plan to hold all-parties conference on the issue, which was deferred due to absence of leaders of some major political parties, and now would likely be held shortly after Eidul Fitr.

Courtesy:  Nation

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