Government urged to focus on energy generation: PIAF

Lahore: Industrialists have urged the government to dully focus on increasing national capacity for power generation for the economic revival of the country.

Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has urged the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Federal Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh to focus on power generation in the country as no measure aimed at economic revival would work in the absence of electricity. PIAF Chairman Engineer Sohail Lashari said acute power shortage had not only jammed the industrial wheel but had also deprived thousands of daily wagers of their earnings.

PM Yousaf Raza Gillani while assuming the charge of Prime Minister had promised to start work on power projects but no practical steps were taken as yet.

The construction of Kalabagh Dam was a must to ensure availability of water to the agriculture sector and cheaper electricity to both the trade and industry of the country but present regime shelved this important project with a stroke of pen. PIAF Vice Chairman Junaid Iqbal Sheikh said bad law and order situation and high input cost had already destroyed the industrial sector while the unprecedented load shedding was adding fuel to fire.

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