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Load-shedding in Karachi is “enmity with Sindh”

As Karachi sizzles in 40 degrees and suffers frequent power cuts, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah smells a conspiracy. Load-shedding in Karachi speaks of the Centre’s enmity with Sindh. “Sukkur, Larkana and my constituency, Sehwan, are facing 14-, 16- and 18-hour-long power cuts,” he said at a press conference Thursday. “What is it if not…

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Govt post-mortem: How well is Sindh govt prepared to deal with a heatwave?

KARACHI: More than 1200 people were killed in 12 days three years ago during the heatwave. With temperatures rising, the question on everyone’s minds is–has the Sindh government made arrangements to ward off the searing heat in the coming months? Three years ago when the heatwave claimed more than 1200 lives in less than two…

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More woes for PML-N as pledges to end power shortage remain unfulfilled

ISLAMABAD: A pledge by Pakistan’s ruling party to end electricity outages ahead of a general election in mid-2018 is being undermined by the possibility of further delays in new power plants that run on General Electric’s flagship gas turbines. State-owned gas company Pakistan LNG has been diverting liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments earmarked for the…

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Govt post-mortem: 10,000 MW were added to the national grid, claims Uzma Bukhari

PML-N representative Uzma Bokhari defended the federal government’s performance over the past four-and-a-half years, stating that sincere attempts had been made to end the load shedding menace in the country.  “I’m very proud to say that we were able to live up to the claims we made about ending load shedding,” she said on SAMAA…

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Karachi load shedding: No one ready to take responsibility

Karachi is suffering from protracted spans of power outages. Many areas of the metropolitan city are continually facing scheduled spans of load shedding every day. However, the spans of power outages have widened to 18 hours as power goes off with no prior announcement. When contacted, Sindh government imputes the blame to the federal government….

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Post-mortem: Govts came and went, but load-shedding still persists

Many governments came and went since the 1980s and with them came the announcements of ending the load-shedding problem permanently. But three decades later, the problem remains unaddressed. Watch our special report on the history of load-shedding and the failed promises made by the successive governments to resolve it.

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Post-mortem: People not buying govt promises to end load shedding anymore

LAHORE: An elderly citizen lashed out at the government for not being able to solve electricity crisis in Pakistan.  Load shedding has made life difficult for Pakistanis as the heat refuses to let up. An elderly citizen spoke to SAMAA TV and lashed out at the government for its inability to end the crisis. “I’ve…

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Here is what lawmakers have to say on load shedding

The top leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) made full-blown claims regarding the eradication of power crisis from the country. However, the country continues to be suffering from prolonged hours of load shedding as it did in 2013. All ‘solemn’ pledges by the PML-N evaporated into thin year. Members of the Parliament including the PTI’s…

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Post-mortem: More power to the people in Islamabad. Every else buy diesel for generators

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government promised it would end rolling blackouts before it went home in June 2018. It broke its promise. In Lahore, power cuts last up to one-third of the day. “There are eight hours of power outages in the countryside,” said SAMAA’s bureau chief in Lahore, Ahmed Waleed. “In many areas of Lahore…

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Sindh CNG stations closed for 24 hours

CNG stations will remain close from 8am Saturday for 24 hours across Sindh including Karachi. The decision has been made owing to the maintenance work. The gas stations have been closed at 8am today for 24 hours owing to maintenance work in progress on field and load management, according to Sui Southern Gas. The gas…

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Mega what? Pakistan asks why power cuts going up as temperatures rise

PHOTO: FILE We’ll end load shedding in two years. We’ll end load shedding in three years. My name won’t be Shehbaz Sharif if I don’t end load shedding. We hate to break it to him, but it seems like Mr Sharif may have to change his name—we’ve still got load shedding. As 40-degree weather struck…

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Prolonged power outages spark outcries in Karachi

The rise in protracted spans of load shedding have distressed the citizens of Karachi as the K-Electric appeared helpless to control the power crisis in the mega city amidst soaring temperatures.  Citizens took to roads in Kemari in protest against the prolonged power outages as power shortfall continues to widen. K-Electric spokesperson Sadia Dada said…

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Power cuts strike as Karachi sizzles

As if the soaring temperature in Karachi was not enough, power cuts in the city have added to the misery of the people Residents complain of government apathy. “When will they care about us?” they ask. The power utility company, K-Electric, blames the Sui Southern Gas Company for the power cuts. In many parts of…

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PML-N fulfills promise of ending load shedding : Abid Sher Ali

FAISALABAD :State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Friday said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had made a promise to the nation to ensure uninterrupted power supply, which had been fulfilled. He was addressing a public gathering at Al-Masoom Town after inaugurating roads, gas supply and sewerage projects in the area. He said…

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PM Abbasi breaks ground for 1263MW Punjab Power Plant

HAVELI BAHADUR SHAH, JHANG: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday performed the groundbreaking of Punjab Power Plant here to produce 1263 megawatt of electricity as another step forward towards load-shedding free Pakistan. The prime minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif as they unveiled the plaque to launch work on the project being…

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Imran Khan terms Ahsan Iqbal as ‘Biggest Fraud’

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan lashed out at Shehbaz Sharif over load shedding claims, saying, “Not load shedding, electricity has been abolished from Punjab.” He also subjected Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to severe criticism and dubbed him as ‘the biggest fraud’. Watch what else he said.

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Good news for power consumers

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Power has directed the distribution companies to ensure zero load shedding in the country. A spokesperson of the power division in a statement said that the distribution companies are producing ten thousand megawatt (MW) of electricity, which is sufficient to meet the current demand. The spokesperson said that ground teams of National…

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Govt efforts to boost power supply will end load-shedding in few months: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Energy projects will add 10,000 MW to the national grid that will help overcome the energy shortages and end load-shedding in the country in a few months, Minister for Interior, Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said here on Friday. Talking to APP before leaving for New York at the end of his visit…

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Journey of progress to continue: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the PML-N government will continue the journey of development and prosperity of the country despite negative propaganda by the opposition parties.     Addressing PML-N workers’ convention at Kot Momin, he said the government believes in serving masses and the ongoing development projects its example. Khawaja Saad said…

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Meera’s latest jibe at Maryam Nawaz is savage

Meera has once again trolled the PM’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, on Twitter. Maryam took to Twitter to congratulate the Pakistan cricket team. “We are the champions. Congratulations & well done Team Pakistan,” she tweeted. We are the champions 🇵🇰 Congratulations & well done Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 #PAKvIND #CT17Final — Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) June…

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Govt striving hard to overcome power crisis: Sindh CM

NAWABSHAH: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said provincial government is striving hard to overcome the recent power crisis and inauguration of 100 Megawatt Nooriabad Power Plant is a step forward in this regard.           Talking to media in Nawabshah, he said work on road projects worth billions of rupees is in full swing…

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