Abid Sher Ali Apologetic over Karachi Loadshedding

On Saturday, Abid Sher Ali, the State Minister for Water and Power expressed his surprise over the constant power loadshedding in Karachi even though K-Electric was being supplied with 650MW on a daily basis continuously. After having sehri, Mr. Ali chaired a meeting at the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company's (FESCO) office where he said that there was a shortage of 6,000 MW of electricity in the country because of which it could plunge into darkness if any additional demand was made.

Even though the state minister claimed that electricity loadshedding had been reduced by a certain extent, the meeting was halfway marred by a sudden power breakdown. He said that there was a drastic gap between the national power demand, which was about 21,500 MW and the actual electricity generation, which was about 15,000 MW.

As far as Karachi loadshedding is concerned, the state minister said that K-Electric had been supplied with 650MW despite the end of agreement with the company. He expressed his surprise over the port city’s ongoing loadshedding even when supply was continuous from the center.

Commenting over the ‘anti-military’ diatribe of the co-chairman of PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, the state minister said that the National Action Plan (NAP) couldn’t be disrupted by such statements as the armed forces were currently occupied with operation Zarb-e-Azb.