Declaring President Asif Ali Zardari responsible for energy crisis, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said ongoing spells of load shedding have ransacked the economy of the country.
Speaking to the media, he was of the opinion that the province was being subjected to the revenge of worst kind with President Zardari playing the central role in the entire drama.
He observed, “The Zardari gang has committed an act of extreme injustice and highhandedness against the people of Punjab, in the form of worst load-shedding”. In his view, without chasing away the corrupt elements the nation couldn’t get rid of power outages, corruption and loot and plunder.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that the former premier had announced uniform load-shedding but it was not implemented, whereas step-motherly treatment is being meted out to Punjab.
The chief minister vowed to continue raising his voice against injustices being committed against people of the province, saying his tent office will continue to operate until injustice, cruelty of the federal government ends.
“With the establishment of tent office, my liaison with the public has increased a great deal, which has also provided me an opportunity to become fully aware of the problems being faced by the masses,” he stated.
Lamenting that industries in Punjab were being supplied electricity only for three and a half days; he said industries in other areas of the country were being provided electricity six days a week.
He said that fasting people are facing extreme difficulties as a result of power outages at the time of sehr and iftar, while the “Zardari gang” is setting new records of mismanagement, embezzlement, corruption, loot and plunder.
While replying to a question regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s allegations, the chief minister said his son gave fairly satisfactory answers to the former cricketer. He refused to add anything into it.
He asserted that the province contributed Rs11 billion for National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. “We can also work sitting in tents instead of air conditioned rooms, as we aim to serve the country and nation,” he asserted.