ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has challenged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to start counting of polled votes from his constituency.
The minister said polling agents of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were present everywhere, adding that he has copies of election results with signature of PTI’s polling agents. Responding to the consistent allegations of rigging in last year’s general elections, the outspoken federal minister, while visiting National Power Control Centre, challenged PTI chief to start the counting of votes polled in the election from his constituency.
On his statements against power theft, Ali said that he had not termed any Punjabi, Balochi, Pakhtun Sindhi a thief. He said he only called those people power thieves who are actually stealing power. He, however, alleged that kickbacks and commissions made in the past have damaged investments in various sectors. About the worsening power crisis with intensifying summer, the minister said at present 10 hours power outages are being conducted, as the power shortfall stands at 3100MW against total 11000MW of power generation.
He also said that 800mw of power will be added during next few days by ensuring oil supply to the power plants located at Muzaffargarh and Kot Addu. He also said incumbent regime is leaving no stone unturned to reduce the duration of power cuts. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate two power plants of 1300mw situated at Port Qasim while inauguration of Gaddani power projects will be made in August. Similarly, inauguration of two power plants of 1300mw at Jamshoro will be made in November while inaugural of Dasu hydel power project will also be made in next November. Terbella extension project will start by this year, Daber Khawar hydel power project in June and Kohala hydel project will be inaugurated in August this year. And, inauguration of Sukki Kinari will be made during next month, he added.
Federal state minister for water and power also said that completion of the process of recovery will be ensured till August and assets of officials of power sector will also be made. Reiterating the PML-N government’s stance, he also said that electricity will be supplied to only those power consumers who will pay for it through bills.
Responding to a question pertains to pending heavy outstanding dues with Itefaq Foundry, Sher said the case is under subjudice and action will be taken as per court order.
Giving details of dues pending with provinces, the minister said Sindh province is to pay Rs56billion. Balochistan Rs80b,KPK Rs22b, Punjab Rs3billion and 40crore, federal Rs1billion and 93crore, AJK Rs37b while private sector is defaulter of Rs25b power dues. Indiscriminate action will be taken against power sector defaulters either individual or departments, he added.
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