PM directs to take provinces on-board for reducing electricity losses

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed Minister for Power to take provinces on-board for reducing electricity losses and improving recovery situation of power dues. 

He was chairing a meeting on issues related to power sector and net hydel profits in Islamabad today (Monday).

It was attended by Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Finance Advisor Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to PM Barrister Zafar ullah Khan and federal secretaries of concerned divisions.

Chairman WAPDA briefed the meeting about payments made so far to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against net hydel profit claims.

The Prime Minister directed that factual position be presented before the Council of Common Interests during its next meeting.

Chairman also briefed the meeting on additional power to be added to the national grid during coming months from various hydel power projects including Tarbela-IV, Neelum-Jhelum and Golen Gol.

The Prime Minister directed Power Division to brief the Federal Cabinet on current and anticipated power situation in its next meeting.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi leaves for Nepal today on a two-day visit.

During the visit, he will convey felicitations to the Nepalese leadership on successful conclusion of its democratic process and formation of a new government.

The Prime Minister will congratulate the newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and will also call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

The Prime Minister’s visit will further expand and strengthen bilateral relations in all areas of mutual interest including trade, education, tourism, defence and people to people contacts.

Ways to reinvigorate SAARC as an important regional organization will also be discussed.

This visit is part of Pakistan’s pro-active and outreach efforts to engage with regional countries.

Nepal is an important regional country and a close friend of Pakistan. The ties with Nepal are characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests.