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Efforts on to end energy crisis: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that sincere efforts are being made for resolving energy crisis. Presiding over a high level meeting with regard to resolving energy crisis here Wednesday, the chief minister said that, besides traditional methods, the government was also endeavoring for generating energy through non-traditional sources. Provincial Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Agriculture Minister Farrukh Javed, the Chief Secretary Punjab, the P&D chairman, the secretaries of departments concerned, the vice-chairman of Punjab Board of Investment and other officials concerned were also present. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that agriculture and industry had been ruined due to energy crisis, badly affecting economy. He said that the elements involved in electricity and gas theft were criminals and no leniency would be shown to them.

The chief minister said that taskforce had detected gas and electricity theft worth millions of rupees so far which was commendable. He said that indiscriminate crackdown would continue against the mafia involved in gas and electricity theft and strict action would be taken against the government officials involved in this heinous crime. Shahbaz Sharif said that resolution of energy crisis was a national responsibility and the PML-N government was determined to resolve electricity crisis and we would rid the people of loadshedding. He said that all possible facilities would be provided to the foreign investors investing in energy projects.

The CM said that investors from China and other countries were willing to make investment in energy projects throughout the country, including Punjab. He issued orders to keep all record and information updated for the facility of foreign investors.

Shahbaz Sharif disclosed that two options had been prepared for biogas whereas the process of mapping of biomass had also been completed. He said that 1000 megawatt electricity could be generated through biomass in Punjab. The CM issued direction to prepare a model of thirty projects for generating ten megawatt each from biomass. Besides Cholistan, other places should also be identified for setting up solar energy projects in Punjab, he said.

Pak survival depends on

end to terrorism: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that survival of the country depended upon elimination of terrorism. Talking to a 12-member delegation of political leaders of FATA here Wednesday, the chief minister said the menace of terrorism and extremism would have to be rooted out for progress and prosperity and all political parties would have to unite on a single platform for the purpose.

The delegation was headed by Dr. Bashir Ahmed Khan. Provincial Minister for Local Government and Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan and Rabia Zia were also present on the occasion. Talking to the delegation, the chief minister said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and facing serious challenges like terrorism. He said that every patriotic citizen was saddened and concerned over the situation prevailing in the country. He said that every member of the society would have to play his due role for the elimination of terrorism and extremism and a joint strategy would have to be evolved for the purpose. The CM said that masses had given a historic mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-N and it would overcome all crises and put the country on the road to progress and development. He said that peace and law and order would have to be restored for the promotion of economic and trade activities and revival of national economy. He said that every citizen wanted to see peace and harmony in every part of the country, including FATA. The leader of the delegation Dr. Bashir Ahmad Khan said that masses had high expectations of the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-N and people of FATA believed that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was the only ray of hope for progress and prosperity of the country. The delegation expressed the hope that the PML-N leadership would not only bring the country out of crisis but also put it on the road to progress and development. They said that the people of FATA wanted peace and tranquility and a secure future for their children.

GB CM calls on Shahbaz: Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister Syed Mehdi Shah called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Wednesday. Matters of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting. A 12-member delegation of political leaders of FATA during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, pointed out that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif were the most popular leaders in FATA while Shahbaz Sharif was known for his merit policy and good governance. They said that people appreciated Shahbaz Sharif on merit basis. The leader of the delegation Dr. Bashir Ahmad Khan said that implementation of the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would rid the country of darkness and put it on the road to progress and prosperity.

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