The curse of load shedding

Sir: Almost seven years have gone by since Pakistan first started facing the energy crisis and today, after so many promises that have been broken and so many deadlines that have passed, load shedding and the electricity shortfall still exist at their peak. Even after all the protests staged, long marches done and all the ultimatums given, the people of Pakistan are still suffering. Those 10 to 12 hours in the day in which people receive the gift of electricity are without doubt the little time of relief they get from other issues like terrorism, poverty and inflation. So, with Pakistan stepping into the modern telecommunications age of 3G and 4G, it is still facing a shortage of 5,000 megawatts. The question remains: how is this country going to step into the future if the people of Pakistan have no electricity? 
The government has given some more deadlines, which obviously the people do not believe. With the mercury rising, the time duration of load shedding has also increased to 10 to 12 hours in major cities and 12 to 14 in other areas. Is Pakistan ever going to overcome this curse or is this ‘gift’ going to be passed on to our future generations as well? 
SANIA WASEEM
Lahore

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