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Khawaja Asif speaking to reporters.

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said that his priority was to reduce the load shedding hours in order to make them 'bearable' and ensure equalise load shedding across the country.

Speaking to media persons at his ministry in Islamabad, the minister said that he would not give any deadline to end load shedding but eventually he did.

“I will not say it will take days, weeks or months to end load shedding but I can say that it will take a year at least. There is a supply-demand gap, as well as power theft and lots of corruption which needs to be eradicated," Khawaja Asif told the media.

Pakistanis have been suffering the worst power outages in history with the urban areas facing 12-16 hours of power cuts, while the rural areas are facing over 16 hours of load shedding on a daily basis.

Eliminating the load shedding had become one of the prominent issues that dominated this year’s election campaigns and all political parties promised to end the power outages if elected.

But Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – whose Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) emerged victorious in May 11 elections – has said that he would make every effort to end load-shedding but it would take time.

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Faisal Qureshi Jun 08, 2013 12:54pm

i have attended seminar of Dr Samar Mubarak Mund in Riyadh. What he has told us is that i will take at least 2 and half years and an investment of 4 Bln US$ to tap our real 19000 MGW power shortfall. currently we have resources but no money.

Rashid Jun 08, 2013 01:19pm

They should ask Shabaz Shareef to resolve the crises as he knows how to do it in six months. He had promised that many times and if he breaks the promise he is morally obliged to resign afterall people of pakistan have booted out PPP due to power crises.

Hatim Jun 08, 2013 01:35pm

So it begins...

ailly Jun 08, 2013 01:43pm

wish to see promises becoming reality, but this statement in itself is saying " we wont do what we promised during election rallies ". Their CM promised to put an end in load-shedding in 6 months, 1,2,3 years and this new gentleman K Asif is not willing to give any time frame. How well-prepared are these guys to shun nation's cries and miseries. PMLn must immediately re-name Shahbaz Sharif to Promise Sharif as this guy vehemently and nonchalantly told to so during rallies. So, let be it. Funny part.

The important issue is not the time frame when the load-shedding will come to an end. The real issue is what's their home-work to curb this nemesis which is ruining people's lives, businesses, mental growth, economic growth, education, industry, IT, universities, institutes and so on. How long these guys will work 9/5 basis, they need to come out of this shell and work ( in literal meanings day and night ) to get rid from evil of load shedding.

People have chosen you ( or voters were sold, i don't know ) for implementation of your so called 'manifesto' which you have stolen from other parties. Since you have done so very profoundly lets execute this stolen manifest, never mind, and win people's hearts and try to become a national party not just Punjab Muslim League.

umar Jun 08, 2013 01:48pm

Traditional politics on the runway .... About to begin the journey of 5 years....

physics Jun 08, 2013 01:53pm

Loop cycle starts ....after one year load shedding would improve to 11-15 hrs ...after one more year .... 10-14hrs and so on. As concrete answer how they are going to reduce load some magic :-)

Syed Jun 08, 2013 01:56pm

Slowly and gradually they will come on their actual 'track.'

Wahid Jun 08, 2013 01:58pm

means it will 5 government of PMM-N in future

IRFAN AKBAR KAZI Jun 08, 2013 02:07pm

One year in Pakistan = 5 years

Nouman Younas Jun 08, 2013 02:19pm

He didnt used word load-shedding in above video. so why u upload it?

mir Jun 08, 2013 02:27pm

We know this .Some thing new please

Omer Jun 08, 2013 02:32pm

Is this the same person , who wrongly accused Imran Khan for misappropriating Shaukat Khanam Hospital money .... one of few corruption free institution in Pakistan, in a blatant attempt to discredit Imran Khan and PTI.

Yes that's him .... just checking!

Personally I do not trust this guy .... whether he gives a date to end power cuts or not.

pakiboy Jun 08, 2013 02:53pm

chalo jee .iss nay apnay five years tu nikal liyay ..

Farhan Jun 08, 2013 03:00pm

At least now people of Pakistan has got someone to curse and blame Khawaja Asif.... May Allah help our motherland.

Atif Jun 08, 2013 03:22pm

While we toil in darkness and heat, let us find shahbaz sharif a new name. He said that we are free to change his name if he does not finish load shedding in. 2 years.

And then they said that Imran khan barrhkain Marta hai.

Asif Jun 08, 2013 03:29pm

dear sir I would like to say that why not use solar energy or wind energy and allow people to buy such equipment at their own cost. just like tv licenece fee. at least , all those house resident people will be happy to buy solar energy equipment and reduce the dependency on wapda.

this will reduce load on your production. thanks

Amir Jun 08, 2013 03:52pm

But your leaders said before election that load shedding will end within six months to 3 years at different occasions.

A sheikh Jun 08, 2013 03:54pm

All the folks posting sarcastic comments, please note that the ministers just took oath. All the corrupt infrastructure is still in place. If they can just replace the corrupt people in the next few months, it will show difference. For example hundreds of thousands of MQM supporters enjoy free electricity and ACs in Karachi for the past many years. Perhaps similar situation in other parts of the country. This one measure alone will bring huge relief. Inshallah things will get better.

aisha Jun 08, 2013 04:51pm

to those in punjab who elected pmln.. enjoy..

Mian A Ahmad Jun 08, 2013 04:58pm

Load shedding can be overcome sooner provided the tariff is increased by Rs 5 per unit in one go, i.e., an increase of about 50%. But PML(N) may not take this daring step. However I think people are paying much more for electricity generated through petrol or diesel generators and even much more in lost sleep and lost jobs. Govt should ask people if people want load shedding or increase in tarrif, I think people will opt for latter. But along with that, a few thousand employees of each Disco have to be fired.

MSA Jun 08, 2013 05:05pm

@Faisal Qureshi: It is not a guessing game - tell us how you do that. So far, I have not seen any detailed report or plan. If you don't have money, what the other resources will do?

Shaheer Khan Jun 08, 2013 05:35pm

@umar: This time, for a change, let's do it with intense and effective opposition. Democracy has taken root in Pakistan for the first time in our history. Let's all unite and make it work! It won't work on it's own. We'll have to make it work.

Pashtunyar Jun 08, 2013 07:07pm

There seems to be a mismatch between the heading and article! Did he say 'A' year or years?

asif Jun 08, 2013 07:39pm

it will never end as long as pakistan exists.

Rogers Evans Jun 08, 2013 08:20pm

This statment by the minister incharge shows the real face of politians. They will not be good politians if election promises are fulfiled. This ts just a start of the game for innocent people of Pakistan who blindly trust these old horses for a ride, but these horses ride on people instead. Good words do not mean any thing.

tariq Jun 08, 2013 08:48pm

It wont matter anyway. As long as the people elect the same tested and failed people they will see the same results. So its like this, my turn for this time and maybe your turn the next time. Its the same old same old.

Torontinian Desi Jun 08, 2013 09:28pm

Man I really feel sorry for everyone back home. This whole load shedding mess has gotten way out of hand. But, if my memory serves me correct, I remember reading that Pakistan's supply is actually greater than it's demand for electricity. I might be wrong of course, but if I'm not, then this whole load shedding problem makes no sense to me. In any case, this mess has got be fixed. Corruption, illiteracy, militancy, economic turmoil...these are social plagues that would of course take time, but maybe the PML-N should focus its resources on curbing, or even eradicating, this load shedding crisis first.

Donald H Jun 08, 2013 10:13pm

Pakistan has an abundance of sunlight. That sunlight is energy that can be converted into electricity. Why are we not developing this natural resource that is available throughout all of Pakistan? A solar cell array can generate electricity directly. A Fresnel lens can focus light on a boiler to make steam. Don't we have the engineers and businessmen to put these things together? Let us get this done.

Donald H Jun 08, 2013 10:18pm

@Faisal Qureshi: What are we doing with all of foreign dollars coming into Pakistan? Maybe, if the militants would stop blowing up everything, Pakistan could use the money on electric development instead of on more police and military personnel.

ali Jun 08, 2013 10:21pm

before elections....load shedding will end in six month after elections.... load shedding will end in years.

these people dont keep their words

guest63 Jun 08, 2013 10:56pm

Prior to May 11 2013 , One Sharif brother gave promise to do it within 6 or 3 months ! , the elder brother promised on war footings to address this disaster , Soon after claiming the victory , the denial statements started pouring in from N-Leaguers leader and Now the man appointed to head the department , telling the nation , It will take Years to get rid of this malice ..... WELL MR KHAWJA , how come you did not know nor did any of your top leaders knew this problem then WHY ON EARTH You and your party hoodwinked the Nation on False pretext , intentions and outdated knowledge ........ learn the lesson from PPP , your party would be next to be wiped out even more disastrously than PPP , the sooner the voters will have a chance to show you the door ....... WALK THE TALK MAN , if you can not address is , be honest with yourself and quit the job , the seat and join the masses to protest

Syed Ahmed Jun 09, 2013 12:36am

A year to end load shedding will be miraculous. 2-3 years excellent. Over and above that period will be disastrous and amount to cheating the public.

Gerry D'Cunha Jun 09, 2013 01:26am

the cat is out of PML's bag - no time frame to end load shedding - another 5 years misery for the people of pakistan - PTI to start doing their homework from now to end load shedding from 2018

Jamshed Khan Jun 09, 2013 01:36am

This is not how you/your party put it during the elections! Excuses for prolonging nations suffering. Thank you.

Noor Jun 09, 2013 01:39am

Media should have reminded Khawaja Sahib about the tall claims made by his party leadership . PMLN ran its election campaign while focusing on power crisis and now they are telling that they dont want to mislead people. I think you had already done that. Goodluck

Abdur Rauf Abbasi Jun 09, 2013 01:47am

I think we should be optimistic. Let us give him at least two years to tackle this problem. This is the result of 15 years imprudent policies regarding power generation and will not end overnight. Lets be realistic, and think what are the ways to end electricity shortfall. The available sources of energy in Pakistan are hydro, coal, solar and thermal. All of these sources can be taped to usable energy but it needs time. The shortest and ad-hoc way is thermal power generation which will be very expensive and a common man cannot afford it. Coal, hydro and solar are the long term solutions which can not be done in months. Construction of dam can take more than three years, coal may take another 5 years and solar may take at least 2 years to be operational. Coal will take much time but that is the best and cheapest source of energy for Pakistan. Lets be patient and see the steps taken for the power generation by the government. The output will be seen in minimum two years. Other than available sources one need funding, which will be another challenge for Pakistan because the government is bankrupt. I think we should be realistic and sensible and we all need to wait and see and observe the steps taken to improve the condition instead of crying, abusing and criticising. We should hope for the best and keep pushing for it. Regardless of party affiliation lets be supportive to end the crisis. Best of luck Mr Prime Minister.

Abdullah Jun 09, 2013 01:53am

All these petty politicians need to go who have been against Kalabagh for so long just for a few votes...

imran Jun 09, 2013 07:01am

welcome to conair!!!!!

Said Jun 09, 2013 07:46am

Kh Asif wht ? how many terms u want to bring electricity ? Good Turn u think Pak Nationals are fool Shabaz Promise 3 or 6 months. U should resigned we will bring new Govt to bring Electricity, law and order. Pls u remember Zia Majlish e Shora, what Happen to Kh Safdar vs Fk. Imam. We will change, we need reality and actions do not runaway from your promise.

abdul aziz Jun 09, 2013 02:30pm

@Amir: Mr.Amir I swear in Allah that people for no hearing of grievances should weep and morn for next five years...All is going wrong with poor public of this country.

Khokhar Jun 09, 2013 05:49pm

ha! So its time to change name of Shahbaz Sharif to something else as per the promises he made!

Kamran Arain Jun 09, 2013 08:57pm

Even a Rehri wala knows it will time, The thing an effort be made and be felt. People will know that you tried, as they they know that last one only talked but did little. So if you think think you can can do nothing and just talk, you will pay the way last ones did.

Kamran Arain Jun 09, 2013 09:01pm

@Atif: Please wait two years, then I will join you in naming names

Obaid Jun 09, 2013 11:18pm

Khadim e Aala should immediately setup a tent on the minar-e-Pakistan ground for a dharna against his brother's government..

Waqas Jun 10, 2013 12:55am

All those people in Punjab who elected PML N you guys keep destroying Pakistan. We have to suffer because Majority of Pakistanis are morons :(

Shabedeh Khan Jun 10, 2013 11:10pm

@Kamran Arain: no, punjabis will still vote a punjabi

Muhammad Usman Jun 11, 2013 10:16am

Load shedding has disturbed our daily routine life. It has created uncertainty among people. It has disturbed our business. Factories , workshops have been closed on account of load shedding. It has worried us. People are suffering from heart attacks due to high intensity of temperature. Load shedding has been prevailing for many years. People are looking towards new government to eliminate load shedding. New govt should take steps to better the situation. If govt. fails to curb the problem of load shedding; People will took revenge in elections. The situation of former is govt is thinking point for new govt. Thanks