Amid the massive power crisis in Pakistan, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed officials to prepare an emergency plan within the next twenty-four hours to reduce power load shedding in the country. Load shedding in different parts of the country is creating problems for the citizens, especially the business community. Information and Broadcasting Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Sharif took a detailed review of the situation during a five-hour-long meeting on Saturday where he was briefed about the impediments in providing electricity to domestic and commercial consumers.
According to the state-run news agency 'Associate Press of Pakistan', 'Sharif has tasked a committee of energy, petroleum and finance ministers to present an action plan. He has also assured that effective implementation of the scheme to gradually reduce load shedding will be ensured.
"The meeting, attended by federal ministers and high-level officials, discussed the hours-long load shedding in various parts of the country, due to which people are facing scorching heat," Dawn newspaper reported.
The situation of load shedding was reviewed in the meeting and measures were emphasized to reduce the use of electricity in the country. Prime Minister Sharif directed that the plan should ensure a clear reduction in power load shedding for the people of Pakistan. Defense Minister Khawaja Asif suggested taking advantage of the "365 days of sunshine" and operating the markets during the day.
The minister said that if the markets fix the correct business hours except in Karachi, about 3500 MW of electricity can be saved. There is a need to take 'tough decisions' to deal with the shortfall of about 7000 MW in the country. The issue of load shedding has also affected the debt-ridden country's economy in general.