No darkness: PM pledges power for every house

* Nawaz says government will encourage local and foreign investment in energy sector to resolve load shedding issue

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the present government was committed to addressing the issue of power shortage and would encourage local and foreign investment in energy, to provide power to every house in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Port Qasim Thermal Power Plant, he said his government had not wasted a single day during the last eleven months, and this 660MW project, which was the first phase of 1,320MW power project, reflected its commitment to addressing the energy issue. The prime minister said that after coming into power he utilised most of his time to get the country out of the energy crisis through consultation with experts, which showed the government’s priorities. 
He said the Port Qasim Thermal Power Plant was the result of government’s untiring efforts. His government, he said, conceived this project, removed all the hurdles and started it in a short period of time. The prime minister said he had no doubt in his mind from the very first day of his government that realising the dream of socio-economic development was impossible without addressing the issue of energy. “The severity of this crisis required day and night work on power projects, so that we could replace the darkness with lights,” he remarked.
Separately, while chairing a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister’s House regarding load shedding schedule for the next months, Prime Minister Nawaz directed that load shedding be curtailed to the minimum possible level during the ongoing summer season. Nawaz took serious notice of resumption of unscheduled load shedding in the country.

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