Ministers rushed to refute Shehbaz’s press conference

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: PTI is running a sound election campaign for the Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s upcoming general elections, whereas PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and PML-N Maryum Nawaz both hit desperation due to poor preparation for the election.

It was claimed by the Federal Minister for Information and Broad Casting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain flanked by Federal Minister for Energy Mr. Hammad Azhar and SAPM on Accountability and Interior Barrister Shahzad Akbar during a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.

The two Federal Ministers along with SAPM rushed to refute the press conference of PML-N President Mian Shehbaz Sharif on Monday evening, the Information Minister was in the view that PTI has strong position in the upcoming election in Azad Kashmir as its candidates are contesting almost from all constituencies of the valley whereas PPP was able to find only 8 candidates for allocation of party tickets and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari fled away from the election battlefield in desperation due to poor position of the party in Azad Kashmir election.

Fawad further said that PML-N Vice President Maryum Nawaz is completely unaware about the demography and history of Kashmir dispute therefore she is busy in her family publicity and preparing to follow Bilawal’s discourse in coming days.

While talking about Mian Shehbaz Sharif grievances against FIA, Fawad said that PML-N President must respond to FIA regarding his allegations and answer to Media on the subject. Whenever Shehbaz is asked about his bank account transactions, the PML-N President starts reckoning his services for the province during his tenure.

Fawad said that only one thing is common in both PPP and PML-N that the funds allocated to Sindh and Punjab had been retrieved out from Dubai and London respectively.

While speaking to the occasion, Hammad Azhar observed that government is facing energy transmission problem, currently our transmission system is successfully sustaining 24 thousand MW, incumbent government shared 4 thousand MW into this 24 thousand MW capacity.

Hammad claimed to overcome load shedding problem a week ago, except due to technical, financial reason of non-payment of electricity bills on certain areas or weather conditions. According to him, there is no unscheduled load shedding in the country right now.

He said that the average energy consumption of the country is 16 thousand MWs except one and half month of summer when it reached to 24 thousand MW. He accused PML-N government for producing/ procuring 30 thousand MW for whole year on capacity payment basis.

According to Azhar, the capacity payment during PML-N era in 2013 was about Rs.180 billion, in 2018 it was Rs. 450 billion, currently it amounts Rs. 700 billion.

He further added that these capacity payments would be Rs. 1300 billion during 2023 and would reach to Rs. 5-6 thousand billion during 2028.

Azhar blamed PML-N government for constructing energy plants which consume imported fuel instead of easily available coal or air windmills and these RLNG operated plants led to produce costly energy in the country.

He accused PML-N government for purchasing renewable energy at 15 Cent per unit which is the highest price in the world.

He asked Shehbaz if they concluded cheapest energy projects than why PML-N government gave away Rs. 1200 billion circular debt to incoming government of PTI.

SAPM on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar termed the recent accusations of Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif of harassment of FIA, as a joke of Shehbaz.

He said that FIA summoned him on 15 June whereas Opposition leader appeared before the FIA on 22 June. Shahzad Akbar said that all FIA’s interviews are recorded Shahbaz is only spreading confusion about the cases.

SAPM told the media men that Shehbaz Sharif tried to influence and intimidated the FIA officials when asked the questions he replied that situation would not always remain the same. While pointing to Shahbaz Sharif Shahzad Akbar said that trial is going on, answer the questions and do not flee to London, PTI government would not let you (Shahbaz) to go out of the Country.

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