Saved Rs250 billion in power projects, claims Shehbaz Sharif 

By: News Desk      Published: 05:30 PM, 12 Jul, 2021
Saved Rs250 billion in power projects, claims Shehbaz Sharif 

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif claimed on Monday to have saved Rs250 billion in the power projects launched in the country when PML-N was in power, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing a presser in Lahore, he said that the power projects were not only the cheapest in the entire world but were completed in the shortest possible time.

He said controlling loadshedding as was done when Nawaz Sharif was last time the country’s prime minister was not a cakewalk.

Shehbaz accused the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of corruption. “Is this Nya Pakistan (New Pakistan) that was promised to us by ‘selected’ Prime Minister Imran Khan? ” he questioned. 

Lashing out the PTI government, the opposition leader said that the NAB-Niazi nexus had been probing power project initiated by the PML-N for the past three years but couldn’t prove single penny corruption.  

Criticising the PTI government, he said that it had subjected the masses to the curse of electricity load-shedding. "There can be no greater crime than this," he further said, adding that "The cause of load-shedding is not only incompetence and negligence but it is a tell-tale sign of rampant corruption over the course of three years."

The PML-N president said that the PTI resorted to hurling abuses, calling names, and leveling corruption allegations against the PML-N government but it could not prove anything. 

He said that Balochistan was facing 10 hours of electricity load-shedding every day currently. He alleged that the incumbent government could not finalise a gas agreement despite its tall claims because it had been providing gas to its favourites, adding that it is up to the public to decide who takes practical steps for them and who merely delivers speeches while standing atop a container. 

"Despite hydel power plants being less costly, the government could not manage to build a single dam in the country," he said. He said that the PTI-led government failed to come up with long-term power projects, and the short-term ones it introduced turned out to be excessively costly.