Guest Post Source : Pak Tribune | Author: SHUAIB AHMED (Larkana)
The ruling PML-N leaders in Punjab have instigated the mayhem that saw the masses taking to the streets and wreaking destruction on public property. According to an estimate, nearly Rs 12 million worth of losses have been incurred due to the violence that saw people attacking banks, WAPDA offices, police stations, petrol stations and public and government vehicles. The existing energy crises is also partly due to the inability of the Punjab government to produce its own electricity and its unwillingness to arrive at a working relationship with the federal government. The Chief Minister Punjab and Punjab government is inciting the people against the federation, and the rulers of the province are responsible for the loss of life and damage to the public. The power outages in the last couple of days had increased throughout the country due to an increase in the shortfall, but it cannot be a justification for attacking public and PPP leaders’ properties.
The Punjab government is backing protests against the government under the cover of the energy crisis, which works not only against democracy but also against the country. The Punjab police have become a silent spectator and the provincial rulers and administration are not only a part of the protest but they are responsible for instigating people. The party leader, Mian Nawaz Sharif has reinforced the policy of his brother by publicly endorsing it, which means that prominent leaders will take to the streets in the coming days and take part in more vandalism in their own constituencies. The government in Punjab did not produce even a single unit of electricity; rather, they have squeezed the IPPs through false allegations of corruption, and therefore the (IPPs) had to stop expansion and reduce capacity of electricity generation.
Following the 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, the provinces are now vested with full authority to develop power projects of any capacity through the public or private sector and establish required regulatory framework. The Punjab Power Policy 2009 provides a framework for the development of power plants in both the public and private sector for joint venture projects. Will the Punjab government tell people how much electricity it has produced since it got the NFC share? Joint efforts were required to overcome the energy crisis in the country whereas the Punjab government is playing politics over the issue. Why is every fault of the Punjab government put on the shoulders of the federal government?
All provinces were facing the power crisis, but violent protest demonstrations were being held in Punjab alone. Punjab had a potential to produce 800 megawatts (MW) through hydropower projects, but the province has not produced a single MW so far. It is not a wise policy to arouse the people of Punjab into a frenzy simply because you want to win their vote based on hatred for the PPP.
The purpose of sharing this article is no way praise of Pakistan People Party. PPP is also a major player in the troubles of Pakistan in every sector. Here I would only want to share with you how PML-N is playing politics with Pakistani people. PML-N is a party which Pakistani people consider a friend, a party with better policy than others, however what the reality is, all of these politicians are same and finally I must say to PML-N and respected Mr. Shehbaz Sharif that “Sir I am not against you, I am just pointing your mistakes in policy making, just to improve you”….. Yasir Imran.
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