Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed to ensure minimum electricity load shedding to provide relief to people in Ramazan-ul-Mubarak. The meeting was informed that by March next year an additional 9,107 MW electricity will be available in the transmission system. The government is fully cognizant of the problems faced by masses due to power shortage and will not rest till a significant relief is provided. Keeping in view the urgency of the situation, the Prime Minister has called another meeting of the committee tomorrow. It was further informed that monitoring of power generation and distribution systems is being undertaken regularly with physical and field monitoring of 270 projects. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources briefed the committee regarding new gas pipelines being built for LNG from Karachi to Lahore.

Analyst on Telephone:

Isfanyar Bhandara (Leader, PML-N)

PML-N has always been focusing on electricity and gas for the people of Pakistan. A big chunk of CPEC is focused on energy. There are areas where recovery of bills is very poor. In the areas where bills are not paid, load shedding must continue. The Prime Minister has focused to provide electricity to industrial sectors. At the end of this year, 6000MW electricity will be added to national grid. There is no excuse for theft. We should perform our responsibility and pay electricity bills. The incumbent government is focusing on energy and infrastructure.

Indian state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir- Curfew continues in held Kashmir and Kashmiris being terrorized in fresh acts of state terrorism

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by strict curfew and other restrictions, continued across the Kashmir Valley for the second consecutive day, today. Restrictions are imposed in Srinagar, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla districts since Sunday to prevent protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Sabzar Ahmad Butt and his associate Faizan Ahmad in Tral on Saturday. Call for a two-day strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. The leadership has also called for a march towards Tral, tomorrow, to pay tributes to Sabzar Ahmad Butt and other martyred youth.

Analyst on Telephone:

Rana Athar (DG, Pakistan House)

What is going on in Kashmir is absolutely condemnable. It is tremendous disappointment that international community is not criticizing this act of brutality. We should highlight it more effectively at international fora. International law also applies to disputed areas like Kashmir. The killing of innocent people is not allowed in any way. The hawkish and fundamentalist government of Modi is a shame for India. India is conducting human rights violations in Kashmir for more than 70 years. Pakistan should make more diplomatic and political efforts to highlight this issue. The members of UNSC should make sure that human rights violations are not there. India cannot digest CPEC. All the stakeholders should come forward and neutralize Indian hegemonic designs in the region.

Host: Ahsan Bashir

Co-host: Ghina Mehar

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