Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Asif seemed hopeful while saying that there would be no load-shedding in the country by the end of PML-N’s government tenure.
According to him, the demand and supply power gap has reduced to 4,000 MW from 7,000 MW, since the Nawaz league came into power.
He said the opposition should back their statements with some logical point of view while criticising the government’s policies, adding, they should approach courts if they have evidence of corruption in any of the power projects.
He claimed that the power generating system in Pakistan had significantly improved and opposition should acknowledge it.
Giving details of the present energy projects, the minister said, 1,320 MW Port Qasim Project would be commissioned by 2018, Tarbela-4 by June 2017, Chashma 3 and C-4 Nuclear Power Plant by June 2016, 1,320 MW Energy Project in Sahiwal by December 2017, Engro Thar and other Thar projects by June 2019, Nelum Jehlum Hydro Power Plant and Golan Gol Chitral projects by August 2017.
He added Suki Kinari Project would be completed by October 2022 while three projects of LNG would open cycle in 2017 and then combined cycle in December 2017.
Asif revealed that Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh were defaulters of Rs122 Billion, Rs31 Billion, and Rs71 Billion respectively on account of their tube-wells energy consumption.
He said the government was ensuring uninterrupted power supply during Sehr and Iftar in Ramazan. However, load-shedding was being made in the areas where the power pilferage was being noted, Asif added.