â€œSevere heat wave hits country, demand of electricity increases"
Karachi is still in the grip of scorching heat wave as the death toll has risen to two hundred and eleven in the past forty eight hours.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over loss of lives in Karachi due to extreme weather conditions and directed immediate medical relief to the affected persons.
He underlined the need for creating awareness among people about dealing with hot weather conditions so as to lessen its effects.
Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Water and Power to regularly update him about the supply of electricity.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says there is no forced load-shedding in the country.
Speaking to Radio Pakistan's program Nuqta-e- Nazar, Musadik Malik (Spokesperson to Prime Minister) said : “Prime Minister is personally overseeing the load-shedding situation in the country. Under previous government, the power outage in rural areas was scheduled for fourteen hours daily while urban areas suffered load-shedding for at least 12 hours every day. Now, the span of load-shedding has been rationalized and the power outage hours have been brought down to six to eight hours daily. The demand of electricity has increased during Ramadan due to severe heat wave and also the arrangements to supply electricity during Sehr and Iftar timings. Government is working day and night to overcome this problem. Authorities concerned have replaced old transformers with new to avoid electricity shutdowns.”
Mushahid Ullah Khan (Senator PML-N) said: “People resort to agitation and protests when they face load-shedding problems but we must remember that protests alone cannot bring electricity. The production of electricity has increased and we are continuously making efforts to increase power generation. It is not possible to resolve all the problems in a short period of two years, as these problems date back to last 25 years. Present government is fully committed to overcome energy crisis in the country, but it will take some time.”
Maiza Hameed (MNA, PML) said: “Government is regulating working and process of registration of NGOs. Now intelligence is being gathered to know the funding sources of various NGOs, their agendas and on which areas their funds are being utilized. We should track down this system because Pakistan is going through a critical juncture. There should be transparency at every level. This is very good initiative and probably this initiative would limit the activities of undesirable and suspicious NGOs.”