Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has announced that the current power crisis will be overcome in the next eight to ten days.     

Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly today on prolonged power outages, he said the situation will gradually start improving from Thursday.

Khawaja Asif said some power plants of 2200 megawatt capacity are closed for maintenance purpose. He said there will be no unannounced load shedding after the 1st of next month.  

The Minister said currently the country is facing power shortfall of 5200 megawatt while 6400 megawatt of power will be added to national grid by the end of this year.

Responding to a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir told the House that rice export is on the rise and efforts are being made to find new markets for the commodity.  

The House passed the "Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017".

The bill, moved by Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman makes teaching of the Holy Quran to Muslim students compulsory in all educational institutions.

Speaking on the bill, the Minister of State  said under the bill, students from grade one to five will be taught "Nazra" Quran while several suraks and verses with simple translation will be taught to students from grade 6 to intermediate.

He clarified that the legislation is only meant for the Muslim students.

The House will now meet tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.                    

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