Irate PM again orders minimum power outages during Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: Faced with public ire over his government’s inability to curb unannounced power outages even in Ramazan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again came down hard on the authorities on Monday and directed them to ensure minimum load-shedding in the fasting month.

Prime Minister Sharif was chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) in which officials from the Ministry of Water and Power briefed him on causes of load-shedding and steps taken to deal with it.

The Prime Minister will again chair the CCE meeting today (Tuesday), according to a statement from the PM House.

“The prime minister expressed displeasure over the schedule of the load-shedding and directed that minimum load-shedding be carried out during the month of Ramazan,” said the statement issued after the CEC meeting.

It said the prime minister stressed that proactive and solution-oriented approach should be adopted by all line departments with the aim of providing maximum relief in the summer season.

Official sources privy to the meeting told The Express Tribune that the PM was not happy over the continuation of power outages despite assurances by the water and power authorities in a CCE meeting last month that power outages would reduce in the days ahead.

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