Abid Sher criticises Imran for pursuing divisive approach

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Zero loadshedding from 415 feeders in KP: Abid Sher Ali

MULTAN, Mar 1 (APP): State Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali strongly criticised Pakistan Tehrik i Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan accusing him of pursuing a divisive approach saying the
PTI chairman’s statements tantamount to creating divide among the people.
Talking to newsmen at Mepco headquarters here Wednesday, Abid Sher Ali also lamented Imran Khan’s statement regarding the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2) final in Lahore.
Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali said, “Pashtun people are our brothers and
they live in our hearts. They are our pride.”
He said that terrorists were the enemies of Pakistan and the government was taking serious steps to eliminate extremism and terrorism.
He advised Imran Khan to avoid using such language that could promote hate or create division among the people.
He said that cricket was returning to Pakistan and termed
the holding of PSL 2 final in Lahore as a first step to this
direction. He said that he himself would be in Lahore to watch the match.
He said that there would be no loadshedding on the day of PSL 2
final.
Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali said that Imran Khan should arrange
‘Dharna’ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instead of other areas of the country.
He also criticized other PTI leaders Makhdoom Shah Mahmood
Qureshi and Jahangir Khan Tareen.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fulfilling his
promises of ending loadshedding, and development of the country.
He added that while people of Sindh were facing problems of lack
of basic amenities, it was the federal government led by Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif that restored peace in Karachi, established
network of motorways, introduced green buses project and the two
power plants at port Qasim.
Abid Sher Ali said the PML N would dominate next general elections
in Sindh and rest of the country as well on the basis of its performance.
The State Minister said the government was taking action
against power pilferers without any discrimination. He pointed
out that recently power connections of two MNAs and an MPA were
disconnected over default in Mepco region. Moreover, he added
that electricity connections of a civil judge and president bar
association Dunyapur were also disconnected.
He said that he has also received reports of electricity theft in
DG Khan and has ordered inquiry.
Abid Sher Ali said the government was paying special attention to
upgrading power infrastructure in the country adding that 22 new grid stations were built in Mepco region and load was being bifurcated to
address the complaints of low voltage.
He disclosed that 94 per cent of meter reading was being
done through mobile reading mechanism in Mepco region and it
would be 100 per cent within a month.
He said that 2700 new villages have been energized after
government installed 900km long 11KV transmission line.
Abid Sher Ali said that 8000 10000 megawatt of electricity would
be added to the national grid by March 2018 adding that it is time
for Pakistan to be free from electricity loadshedding. He, however,
added that areas where people would default on electricity bills and
found involved in power pilferage may face load shedding.
He said that 3600 megawatt of electricity would be generated
through RLNG. In the first phase, he explained, 800 megawatt
would be generated at Bhikki, Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah in
June, another 1300 Megawatt at Qadirpur (Sahiwal) in May or June.
He added that two coal power units would be set up at Port
Qasim which would generate 1320 MW while 350 MW from nuclear
power plant. He said that Nandipur combined circle would generate
520 MW in April or May.