ISLAMABAD- Minster for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that whoever did not pay their electricity dues would not get power supply whether it’s on a federal level, provincial level or an individual level.
“The government itself is a big defaulter,” says Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during a press conference in Islamabad today. He was referring to the recent disconnections of electricity supply to top government buildings including President House, Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Parliament Lodges and official residence of chief justice of Pakistan, and the non-payment of electricity bills.
Asif stated that whoever did not pay their electricity dues would not get power supply whether it was on federal level, provincial level or an individual level. He said electricity shortfall currently stands at 3200 megawatt, as the rise in temperature increased the demand, which resulted into extended load shedding. The defence minister further said that 2,200 megawatts of electricity would be added to the system in the next two months. Referring to the hardship that the citizens would face in the next couple of months, Asif added that the people would have to tolerate the load-shedding as there was a shortfall of electricity. “Energy crisis is being improved because of the construction of new power projects such as the one in Guddu,” the minister remarked shedding some positive light to the situation the country is currently in. Khawaja Asif said he cannot give false hopes to people about eliminating load shedding. Asif said an amount of 3.2 billion rupees has been recovered during the ongoing campaign against electricity bill defaulters. He said most of this amount has been recovered from public sectors departments.