Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the head of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN), has said that load shedding will be reduced to 3.5 hours starting Tuesday (today).
“Pakistan was only generating 21,000 megawatts (MW) against a need of 25,000 MW, resulting in load shedding,” he stated at a news conference in Islamabad.
He stated that from tomorrow, load-shedding will be limited to 3.5 hours, and after June 16th, it will be reduced to three hours.
Abbasi also expressed the expectation that load shedding would be reduced furthermore in July.
He told the press that when the existing government took office, power generation was just 17,000 to 18,000 megawatts.
He chastised the PTI government, claiming that several power plants were inefficient and should have been replaced during Imran Khan’s tenure. He went on to say that certain power plants were producing a single unit for Rs. 60 and that during the PTI government, not a single megawatt of energy was entered into the national grid.
In response to rising gasoline costs, the PMLN leader stated that the government was not taking any tax money from the industry, but rather offering subsidies, which no country could do. He hoped that oil prices will fall soon on the worldwide market.
He went on to say that the PTI government has caused numerous problems for the country, including breaking the IMF deal.
The country would have been in crisis for a long time if not for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) accords inked during PNML’s era, according to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.