Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr. Musadik Malik says Government has made all necessary arrangements for uninterrupted power supply during Sehri and Iftari, but the country is in the grip of heat, causing more consumption of fans, air conditioners and other electrical items. As a result, electricity shortfall has increased resulting in increased duration of load shedding.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan’s program, he said Prime Minister has directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures on urgent basis to address the current loadshedding situation in order to mitigate the sufferings of the people at the earliest. Time period of load shedding in urban areas is six hours. Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha in a meeting with PM today informed that there was an unprecedented surge in power demand on the first day of Ramadan which necessitated loadshedding for some time. Government has vowed to overcome energy crisis till the end of 2017.”

Major General (Retd) Farooq (Defense Analyst)*: “Russia is a good friend of Pakistan and it helped Islamabad to set up giant steel mills in the 1970s. COAS, Gen. Raheel Sharif has recently concluded a successful visit to Russia. Pakistan and Russia are in negotiations over the supply of Mil Mi-35 helicopters to Pakistan. Moreover, Russia is willing to cooperate with Pakistan in defense sector. Under the dynamic leadership of Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan has uprooted the menace of terrorism. The success of operation Zarb-e-Azb has surprised the whole world. Pakistan army has proved itself one of the best forces of the world. President Mamnoon Hussain met with Saudi King during his visit to Saudi Arabia. He reiterated the resolve of Pakistan to defend Saudi sovereignty and integrity. Pakistan will deal Houthi rebels with iron hand if they ever thought to interfere in Saudi affairs.”

Defense analyst Brig (Retd) Waqar Iftikhar said: “Pakistan has been badly affected by the menace of terrorism and the nation suffered by frequent terrorist activities throughout the country. Government and armed forces initiated Operation Zarb-e-Azb and destroyed the networks and hideouts of terrorists during this operation. Tribal people supported Pakistan army in war against terrorism and sacrificed their homes for the success of the operation. Now, major area has been cleared from the militants. COAS’s visit to frontlines in Khyber Agency will result in uplifting the morale of army jawans and officers who are busy in eliminating the terrorists and fighting for the future of next generations.”

Analyst Dr. Amna Mehmood said: “Operation against militants in tribal areas has entered into the final phase. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited Khyber Agency yesterday and spent time with officers and soldiers of the army deployed there. He also broke his fast there in order to boost their morale. Due to the success of this operation, the network and communication links of the terrorists have effectively been damaged. The funding sources and supply lines of the terrorists have also been choked. The current Afghan government is more cooperative with Pakistan in order to fight terrorists.”

Economist Dr. Sabur Ghayur said: “The demand of electricity has increased since the start of summer months. It has intensified the difficulties of the masses. However, with the efforts of incumbent government, overall production of electricity has increased. It is expected that with ongoing energy projects, which will complete in almost 2017, energy short fall will come to an end. Our industry has suffered a lot due to energy shortage. The Prime Minister himself has taken the notice of load shedding, which is encouraging. He has directed to avoid load shedding during the timings of Iftar and Sehri.”

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