Pakistan, which is facing the problems of financial crisis, is now facing power shortage. Electricity problem in Pakistan is at its peak. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former finance minister Miftah Ismail has attacked Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government over the country’s energy crisis and liquefied natural gas (LNG) issues.
According to the Dawn report, while addressing a press conference, Ismail questioned the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s alternatives to expensive fuels like furnace oil and diesel for power generation. His remarks came after Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar admitted that the country could face a power shortage from June 29 to July 6, as regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) terminals would not operate during that period. . Dry docking was required to meet international safety standards and obtain a safety certificate to keep the terminals operational.
Ismail also alleged that the government was delaying in this matter. It has also been accused of continuous delay in purchase of furnace oil and then buying it in haste at exorbitant prices. Earlier this month a Pakistani news channel reported the worsening of Pakistan’s energy crisis. The country is currently facing a power shortage of 7,000 to 8,000 MW.
Load shedding has reached its peak in Punjab including Lahore due to reduction in power generation. During the last 72 hours, due to power outage for three to five hours at many places, the public’s trouble had increased. At the same time, due to the stoppage of hydro generation from the silted Tarbela Dam, the production of electricity has increased significantly.