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Minister Asad Umar Gives Timeframe For End To Karachi’s Loadshedding

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Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said that Karachi’s electricity woes will end in 2022, a year before the end of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s rule.

The minister, during an interview to journalist Hamid Mir on his show Capital Talk, spoke about the metropolis’ sole power supplier, K-Electric, and as to why he named politicians of the former governments during a heated debate in the National Assembly on Thursday.

In the show, he explained that the reason behind taking the names of the PML-N’s Khawaja Asif and the PPP’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was that both had been in relevant ministries during the parties’ respective tenures, but were criticising K-Electric during the debate in NA.

In response to Hamid Mir’s question as to when would Karachi’s load-shedding woes be completely resolved, he said: “There are two different issues. First is the severe load-shedding going on right now and the second is power shortage in general, considering the metropolis’ demand. The deadline for our project — through which changes would be made in the distribution system to allow power to be imported into Karachi to fulfill its needs of 800-1,000MW power — is March 2022.”

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