Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday issued directives to immediately re-open non-functional power plants closed due to various reasons.

The premier was presiding over a meeting which was briefed “in detail” on the issue of loadshedding and steps taken by the government to overcome the shortage of fuel.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik, while Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNAs and PM’s Special Assistant on Public Policy/Strategic Communications Fahad Hussain, and others attended the meeting.

PM Shehbaz said though the threat of default had been averted, steering the country out of crises was the top-most priority of the coalition government.

The premier promised that the coalition government would overcome the issue as it did in the past, as he himself was monitoring the loadshedding across the country.

He also ordered to resolve issues of provision of drinking water and agricultural facilities on a priority basis. The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) was told to take an independent decision after consultations with the provinces.

LAW AND ORDER: In a separate meeting on the law-and-order situation in the Punjab, attended by Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, chief secretary, inspector-general of police and senior police officers, PM Shehbaz said that police should provide protection of life and property to the public.

He directed police officers not to give in to any pressure while performing their professional duties and ensure in every way possible protection of life and property of people.

The PM assured that police would be provided sufficient funds for enhancing their capacity for overcoming the present challenges. However, he warned that poor performance and a lethargic attitude would not be tolerated.

Prime Minister Shehbaz also discussed preparations for Eidul Azha and cleanliness campaign during the Eid days.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, chief secretary, additional chief secretary, IGP, Lahore commissioner and officers concerned attended the meeting.

He instructed the officials to keep the machinery functional on Eid days to ensure the removal of sacrificial animals’ remains on time. 

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