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PTI seeks control of power generation too: Shireen

26 December, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday while reacting to the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif's offer insisted that not only distribution but also power generation mandate should also be given to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

"Only giving us the rights to distribute electricity will not do: we should also have the right to generate power to show tangible results," she said. The PTI information secretary contended that the PTI and its provincial government were fully aware of how and why power tariffs were increased every now and then instead of combating the electricity pilferage and improving the function of the department.

She was confident that the provincial government was capable of producing astonishing results with regards to power theft and combating rampant corruption in the department. "We will not only stop electricity theft but also revise downward the electricity tariff in the province once given the generation and distribution rights," she claimed.

In reaction to PTI Chairman Imran Khan's statement in his rally on Sunday in Lahore against inflation and price spiral of goods, the water and power minister offered to hand over power distribution responsibility to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. The same offer was repeated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid here on Wednesday.

Dr Mazari objected to the government functionaries' issuing statements through media, instead approaching the PTI or provincial government or even writing to them on this matter.

She claimed that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had urged PTI's Justice (R) Wajihudeen to lead the election rigging probe. She added that the minister could have better talked to the party or directly to the veteran judge.

The PTI information secretary said that either MNA Asad Umer would hold a news briefing on Pesco issue Thursday or Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak's government could issue a statement thereon.

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