‘You will be fired’, PM scolds officials for not controlling load shedding

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday called an emergency meeting in Lahore on the issue of load shedding.

While talking to the officials he said that do whatever you have to but load shedding should not exceed the duration of two hours. According to media reports, he said that PM got very angry when the officials said that there is already only two hours of load shedding happening.

While responding to their claims PM said that he knows that more than 10 hours of load shedding is happening in the country and he would not believe in their lie.

“People need relief from load shedding,” says PM.

The installed power generation capacity of Pakistan is above 37,000 megawatts-11,000MW more than the current demand-but the national energy basket is receiving over 21,000MW from all sources, say officials in the power sector.

More than 2,500MW from the available generation is dedicated to VIP feeders, defense installations and Karachi Electric, leaving over 18,000MW for the rest of the population, creating an overall shortfall of more than 7,000MW. Meanwhile, power theft and line losses go unchecked, further widening the gap between demand and supply.

The situation is compelling the power distribution companies (Discos) of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to conduct 10 to 12 hours of load shedding within their rural and urban limits, according to official sources.