PM Imran orders immediate steps to end load-shedding

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran khan on Tuesday directed to take emergency measured to end the load shedding.

Chairing the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE), PM Imran ordered to devise a comprehensive plan to end gas and power load-shedding across the county.

He said that they will utilize all the resources to provide uninterrupted gas and power supply to consumers.

He was briefed about the current situation of gas and electricity in the country. The officials told the prime minister about the reasons behind the load-shedding.

Officials from the ministries of petroleum and energy were also present in the meeting.

Earlier, PM Imran Khan, on December 12, had summoned an inquiry report into prevailing gas crisis in the country within three days.

Taking notice of the gas crisis, that was disturbing routine life and commercial activities across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a meeting to review the situation here in the federal capital. Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan apprised the premier about the current situation.

After getting the briefing from the concerned officials, PM asked minister for petroleum to submit an inquiry report within 72 hours, and ordered to take immediate action against the officials involved in the negligence.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that government was aware of problems of the Balochistan people and all possible effort would be made to address them.

The prime minister was talking to Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri and Mohtarma Munawara Bibi Baloch, MNA, who called on him at the PM Office.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeem ul Haq, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar and Secretary General Pakistan Tehrek e Insaf Arshad Dad were also present in the meeting.

They discussed in detail reorganization of the party in Balochistan province. Development schemes, provision of water and unemployment in Balochistan province also came under discussion.

Meanwhile, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday.

As per details, the premier and WHO chief discussed the measures taken to eradicate polio from Pakistan. Dr Christopher Elias, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PM’s Focal Person on polio eradication Babar Atta were also present during the meeting.

The Prime Minister welcomed the Director General and his delegation to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan attaches importance to WHO. Pakistan appreciates the role of WHO in the health care system.

The Government is determined to implement a transformative social and economic agenda for a ‘New Pakistan’. He reiterated his commitment to move forward sustainable development agenda.

On polio eradication programme, the Prime Minister said that Government continues to tackle Polio eradication as a national public health emergency.

Polio vaccination activities are well organized in close collaboration with provinces and are directly overseen by the National,

Provincial and Divisional Task Forces. He expressed commitment of his Government for complete eradication of polio from the country.

He expressed his hope that WHO will continue as a reliable partner in our efforts to improve health for all in Pakistan.

Dr. Christopher Elias, President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division, delivered a letter from Bill Gates to the Prime Minister.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom congratulated the Prime Minister on his victory in the recent general elections. He stated that WHO has increased its focus on public health, country level impacts and bringing improvements in people’s access to health related knowledge and information.

He alsoinformed the Prime Minister about WHO’s ongoing programmes/projects in Pakistan. WHO has considerably increased level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives.

Earlier in the day, Dr Tredos met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. “Discussions [were] held on steps being taken for polio eradication in Pakistan,” spokesperson for the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a tweet. “FM appreciated efforts by WHO for eradicating polio from Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, Bill Gates, a billionaire philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft, in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed his desire for huge investment in Pakistan.

In the letter, Bill Gates wrote that Microsoft could explore opportunities for investment in the country’s information technology sector.

The president Dr Christopher Elias, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered the letter to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Bill Gates for the support he has extended in social sector. – Agencies