Commission to probe Imran-led regime’s role in energy crisis

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The Pakistan Muslim League-N government has announced to constitute a commission to probe the “mismanagement” by the Imran Khan’s regime that “worsened the energy crisis”.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal and PML-N senior vice-president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced the decision while addressing a presser in Islamabad on Thursday, saying the commission will be formed on the directives by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Speaking on the occasion, Abbasi said that the basic purpose of the commission would be to bring forth the flawed decisions in the petroleum sector that have led to the prevailing energy crisis.

Its purpose, he added, is also to expose the corruption during the tenure of the PTI government. He added that the body would also help bring forth details of the increase in circular debt and the additional borrowing.

The PML-N stalwart further said that the flawed decisions made by the Imran-led Cabinet had caused billions of losses to the country. According to him, the proceedings of the commission will be open to the people and the media.

“The government has taken the reins of power two months ago,” he said. “The circumstances in which we took power were identified in November and December last year.”

He also said that the public was perturbed because of the power loadshedding, stressing that a probe was necessary to determine the causes of the crisis.

Expressing his views, Ahsan Iqbal asserted that the ineligibility of the PTI-led government was the reason behind the prevailing energy crisis.

Regarding the economic conditions, the planning minister vowed to make the economy stable “within days”.

The development comes two days after opposition parliamentarians in the National Assembly fired a broadside at the government over the ongoing energy crisis. The lawmakers took the ruling party to task for the power and gas outages across the country as well as the increase in the tariffs.

They had also pointed out that power theft was not possible without the involvement of the staff of the power and gas companies, saying losses due to the corruption are transferred to the people.

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