Imran’s bad governance behind load shedding, energy crisis: Muqam


Says maximum relief to be provided to people of KP

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Political and Public Affairs, Engr Amir Muqam here on Saturday claimed that bad governance of former Prime Minister Imran Khan was behind the prevailing load shedding and energy crisis in the country.

He said load shedding would be significantly reduced and maximum relief would be provided to the people of Khyber Pakthunkhwa from May 1 (tomorrow), adding PESCO authorities have been directed to take necessary measures in this regard.

Addressing a press-conference here at PESCO headquarters, Engr Amir Muqam said that many people were worried about the long hours outages during hot summer and the government has taken a principle decision to provide maximum relief to them in load shedding from tomorrow.

Accompanied by Chief Executive PESCO Jabbar Khan, he said that efforts were being made to provide uninterrupted power supply to all those areas of KP where line loses were zero, adding electricity theft through illegal connections or others unlawful means will not be tolerated.

Amir Muqam claimed that there were huge losses in almost every sector including energy generation due to bad governance of the former Prime Minister Imran Khan that led to increase the load shedding. He said that the country had faced great developmental setbacks negatively impacting on electricity, gas, economy while our social fabric was marred by the policies of the past incompetent rulers.

Engr Amir Muqam said power generation capacity of feeders was adversely affected due to low gas pressure and shortage of fuel had widened the demand-supply gap of electricity due to lackluster approach of PTI govt.

Muqam said had gas and oil agreements been timely signed and power plants installed by Nawaz Sharif government were properly looked after and run, the problem of load shedding would not exist today.

Muqam, who is also PML-N KP President said that a record 12,000MW electricity was generated and added to national grid during tenure of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said the country would have suffered a lot if the government of PTI continued for another year and Pakistan may have plunged into darkness.

He said the so-called champions of ‘change’ had failed to address people’s problems as they did nothing for them but diverted all attention and used energies to victimize the Opposition leaders.