Shehbaz Sharif criticizes PTI govt for gas crisis

He expressed concern over the disruption in the supply of gas to industries

LAHORE: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has strongly criticized government for gas crisis, saying that the masses have to face problems of electricity and gas load-shedding because of PTI’s “incompetence and greed for money’.

In a statement issued today (Sunday), the Opposition leader in National Assembly expressed concern over the disruption in the supply of gas to industries and the CNG sector, saying that it is, indeed, “bad news for the nation.”

“The never-ending problem of electricity and gas load-shedding has been going on for the last few months, which is a sign of mismanagement on part of the government,” Shehbaz claimed.

He further said the government’s claim that the PML-N had produced more electricity than required during its tenure has been proven false, adding that time has shown how the PML-N had increased the power generation capacity keeping in view the needs of the country.

Last week, Shahbaz had said that the PTI-led government had subjected the masses to the curse of electricity load-shedding. “There can be no greater crime than this,” Shahbaz had said while addressing a press conference in Lahore.

In response to the comments, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar told Shahbaz that he should “not mislead people” with his statements, adding that electricity load-shedding takes place not because of a shortage in production but owing to the weaknesses of the transmission system.

“For several days, we have been successfully delivering 24,000 megawatts of electricity to the masses,” Azhar had said, adding that Pakistan’s average power consumption is 16,000 MW.

He criticised the previous PML-N government and said that while it sings praises for its initiatives, it installed power plants that run on imported fuel, incurring additional costs.