LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is facing serious problem of shortage of electricity, which has badly affected every sector of life. He said that the government was taking expeditious measures for resolving energy crisis and work on various energy projects with the cooperation of China was going on expeditiously and that completion of these projects within stipulated period would be ensured.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of the Working Group on Energy on Friday that reviewed progress on power projects.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique, State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, federal secretaries and other officials concerned attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that planning had been made for setting up small coal-based power projects in Punjab Province. He said that distribution system of electricity was also being improved. He directed that concerned institutions should work in coordinated manner to rid the country of power outages.
Railways Minister Saad Rafique said that his rail system was being upgraded for supply of coal from Karachi Port to other parts of the country. He said that the Ministry of Railways would extend all-out cooperation in supplying coal to power plants.
Meanwhile, a high-level delegation of a Chinese international company in energy sector called on Chief Minister Shahbaz on Friday. According to another handout, matters regarding energy projects, especially establishment of coal-fired power plants, were discussed in the meeting.
Talking to the delegation led by company president Guo Yu, the chief minister said that work on low-cost projects of power generation has been started with the cooperation of China and that the government was implementing a comprehensive programme for production of electricity from coal.
The additional chief secretary (energy), Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park chairman and other concerned officers were present.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital in Gujrat on Friday to inquire after 10-year-old Tabassum Shahzad whose arms were chopped off by a local landlord over a quarrel with his father in a nearby village the other day.
Shahzad is a student of primary class in Chak Bhola village and a landlord named Ghulam Mustafa chopped off both of the child’s arms after a quarrel with his father.
Talking to the media after his visit to the hospital, the chief minister said that nothing could be crueller to humanity than the act of the suspect.
Earlier, the chief minister talked to the child for about an hour. He said that modern artificial limbs would be arranged for the child and that he would be sent for treatment anywhere in the world. He said that the cruel person, who incapacitated the child, was a criminal to humanity and deserved maximum punishment.
Parents of the child showed the chief minister photographs of the severed arms of the child. The chief minister sympathised with the family members and assured them provision of full justice. The chief minister directed administration and health officials to provide best treatment facilities to the child. He announced that all expenses on treatment, rehabilitation and education of the child would be borne by the government. He also gave a cheque worth Rs 1 million as financial assistance to parents of the child.
Meanwhile, family members of a murder victim also appealed to the chief minister at the hospital to provide them justice upon which he issued immediate orders.
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