Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has called for what amounts to a conspiracy of silence on loadshedding by all political parties, while promising that elections would be free, fair and on time. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of two tunnel boring machines following their successful installation at one of the sites of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project on Monday, the Prime Minister said that the government was striving hard to end the energy crisis, and that instead of playing politics on the issue, all should join hands to find a solution, Later the same day, at an iftar-dinner at the PM’s House in honour of the media, he said the solution to all problems lay in holding free and fair elections. It is heartening to hear repeated intentions of holding free and fair elections and would be a major contribution of this government, especially as the elections are due this winter. Though Raja Pervaiz will not conduct the election, his task would be to ensure a smooth transition to the caretaker government, that will. However, his desire to take off the table perhaps the single most burning issue that faces the people, is not likely to be given a hearing by opposition parties, which see this as their main vote-getting plank in the coming election.