Power crisis to persist for three years: Asif

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KARACHI: Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday that there was no way to make up for the power shortages within a year. He said all efforts to save the country would go waste if suicide attacks continued and there was no foreign investment.

He said no place, including the Punjab, was spared of the suicide attacks, which were aimed at shaking the government. He said there would be no loadshedding during Sehr and Iftar timings. He said he would talk to the prime minister for removing the duty on solar panels. He was talking as a participant in the Geo News programme Capital Talk, hosted by Hamid Mir.

He advised the people to separate the terrorists from their ranks. He said if power was disconnected due to a fault, people mistake it for loadshedding. He said the resolution of power crisis would take at least three years, adding that markets remained open in Pakistan till 2am while they were closed at 8pm the world over. He said if markets were opened on time, 1,200 MWs power could be saved. He said thermal power production was costly while shifting to coal, hydel and alternative energy resources would reduce its cost.

Sindh Information Minister Shargeel Memon said the country was in the grip of terrorism and the Karachi violence was its part. He said there was no warning of an attack on Bilal Sheikh. Dr Abid Sulehri said no difference had been made after the new government came into power. He said terrorists wanted to break the nerves of the new government, so it was a difficult challenge.

He said increasing the electricity price was no solution, adding that the highest electricity price in the region was in Pakistan. He said the government should give subsidy to consumers of 300 units and elimination of subsidy had affected the middle class the most. He said the government should audit the IPPs and abolish duty on solar panels.

Courtesy: The News

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