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Imran wants caretaker PM to take nation into confidence over power crisis

ISLAMABAD: Amid return of extended hours of load-shedding after completion of five years of the PML-N government, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday wrote to interim Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk to take the people into confidence by informing them about the actual situation of the power crisis and chronic circular debt. In a series of tweets, the PTI chief said the people would like to know the veracity of former premier Nawaz Sharif's statement that his party left with surplus…

CJP takes K-Electric CEO to task over prolonged power cuts

KARACHI: K-Electric on Saturday came in for a lot of flak from the Supreme Court for carrying out prolonged load-shedding in the city. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed a three-judge bench, took Tayyab Tareen, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the power utility, to task over extended hours of power outages in the city. The bench was hearing a case pertaining to prolonged load-shedding being carried out in the metropolis at the apex court’s Karachi registry. At the outset of the hearing, the…

PM directs SSGC to restore gas supply to K-Electric to curb power cuts

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday directed K-Electric and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to resolve within 15 days their dispute over non-payment of outstanding dues by the former to ensure supply of electricity to residents of the city. He chaired here today a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy on the power crisis that has hit residents of the city hard in the sweltering weather for the last few weeks. Speaking to the media, Abbasi said SSGC has been directed to supply adequate gas to the…

MQM’s Shabbir Qaimkhani joins PSP

KARACHI: Another Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Shabbir Ahmed Qaimkhani on Saturday joined the Pak Sarzameen Party following a meeting with the party leadership in Karachi, ARY News reported. The senior MQM leader from Mirpurkhas announced conjoining with PSP along with his other fellows at a press conference alongside Chairman PSP Mustafa Kamal, President PSP Anis Qaimkhani and Senior Vice President PSP Anees Advocate.  Welcoming the new members, Mustafa Kamal said they had a tradition of turning their…

Completion of ongoing power projects will help overcome load-shedding: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday said completion of the ongoing power projects will help overcome load-shedding. Dar said the government had made difficult decisions to bring the economic situation to improvement. “Suggestions of all stakeholders were taken into consideration while preparing budget. The present economic stability is due to collective wisdom and consultations,” he said while addressing a post budget conference in Islamabad. Ishaq Dar said when the Pakistan Muslim League-N assumed…

SHC reserves verdict on petition against prolonged power cuts by K-Electric

KARACHI: As the metropolis continue to experience prolonged power cuts amid soaring temperature the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority’s (Nepra) lawyer informed a two-judge bench of the Sindh High Court that it had received no complaint against K-Electric. The power-sector regulator will take action against K-Electric only if it receives any complaint, the counsel said leaving the judges shocked. Justice Irfan Saddat Khan, who headed the bench, became visibly irked over the statement of the Nepra’s counsel,…

‘Hub coal-fired power plant in Balochistan to provide cheaper electricity, mitigate power cuts’

ISLAMABAD: The new Hub coal-fired power plant in Balochistan would benefit both the people and the government, after its completion in 2019, in mitigating the power outages and help move the wheel of the economy. This was stated by Wang Binghua, chairman of a Chinese power enterprise that is participating in the project’s construction, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the plant recently, reported Xinhua news agency. The coal-fired power plant project, which is one of the “priority projects” under the China-Pakistan…