Islamabad: Pakistan’s Minister of the State for Petroleum Musadik Malik pledged to overcome the problem of load-shedding across the country by mid-July, as the country goes through the misery of not having a power supply for tens of hours in sweltering hot weather, Geo News reported on Wednesday.
The electricity shortfall in Pakistan has exceeded 6,000 megawatts, causing 12 to 14 hours of power outages in the country’s commercial hub Karachi and other major cities of the country.
Speaking on Geo News program Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, Malik said he will request Finance Minister Miftah Ismail to release funds for K-Electric.
He said that one of the major reasons behind electricity load-shedding is the water shortage in dams and the hike in coal prices and the LNG shortage in the international market.
“Only 5,000 megawatts of electricity is being generated instead of 9,500 MW,” he said.
Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that K-Electric is only making money out of Karachi instead of investing in the system.
The remark came as a criticism of the power supply company for the mega city as Karachi suffers extended power cuts.