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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.

Analysts on Telephone:

George Khalil (Leader, PML-N)

This was part of our election manifesto that we will overcome load shedding and bring the country out of darkness. The Prime Minister has done a great job in previous four years. The projects initiated in past will be completed in this year and in 2018. We will add some additional electricity to the national grid. We have given a people-friendly budget to give them maximum possible relief. People used to criticize motorway project in 1199 but everybody is benefitting from it now. These projects will become assets for Pakistan.

Engineer Amir Maqam (Leader, PML-N)

The government is very much committed to get rid of this issue. The cabinet meetings are taking place to review the situation. This is a challenge for everybody and we realize the sufferings of common people. In 2013, 1000MW of electricity was being generated but we are producing 17000MW in 2017. The demand of the energy has increased in previous years. We will take energy production to 28000MW in coming years. The government is making sincere efforts and it will overcome all challenges. 

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:

Dr. Farooq Hasnat (Expert on World Affairs):

There are some principles of war even where non-combatants, ambulances and the people who surrender are not attacked. Indian has committed blatant violations of all those rules. It has crossed all redlines in this regard. Indian soldiers are killing everybody who is fighting for his rights. It is not ready for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue. Indian leadership is not ready to talk to Pakistan, Kashmiri indigenous leaders and international mediators at the same time. No one can forcefully suppress a freedom movement. Indian forces have learnt brutal tactics from Israeli military. India has not learnt any lesson from history. Its double standards are being exposed by every passing day.

Host: Dr. Shoaib Ahmed


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