Analysts appreciate the steps taken by the PML-N led government to increase the country’s energy supply
Dr. Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist): Securing electricity supply is a serious challenge for the coalition government and the gap between demand and supply has reached 7,000 MW. The government is taking significant steps to overcome the energy shortage in the country. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered to reopen all closed power stations to improve electricity supply in the country. The government is also planning to take measures to save energy to ensure its availability for all necessary sectors. The Prime Minister also asked to take all necessary measures to save the population from load shedding. One of the major issues with declining exports is load shedding and with improved power supply, exports will increase.
Dr. Talat Anwar (Economist): The government is taking motivating initiatives to resolve the country’s energy crisis. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has rightly called for increasing energy availability in the country, including reopening power stations that have been shut down for various reasons. However, we should use more indigenous and alternative energy sources for electricity generation. Pakistan enjoys sunshine throughout the year and can be exploited to increase power supply. The government has already indicated to provide solar energy panels to people at preferential rates. In addition, other sources such as wind, nuclear and coal could be used to increase the country’s energy supply.
Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (RI Expert): India spares no effort to suppress the people of Kashmir and prevent them from speaking out for their inalienable right to self-determination. The current Indian government is more aggressive in its policy towards the Kashmiris and is using all the tactics at its disposal to suppress them. It also revoked IIOJ&K’s separate status. It is high time for the international community to take note of the human rights violations in the territory occupied by India. Muslim countries should also stand with their Kashmiri brothers. Pakistan has raised its voice to highlight the barbaric environment of the IIOJ&K and provides political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. It is a good development that the G20 countries raised their objections which forced India to change the venue of the summit.
Altaf Hameed Rao (Kashmir Journalist): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and around the world will observe Martyrs’ Week from Wednesday to July 13, 2022 to remember the martyrs of Kashmir who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their homeland from illegal occupation and the physical oppression. It is the duty of the international community and the United Nations to grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination. India used its reign of terror to deny Kashmiris their alienable right. Kashmiris have made many sacrifices to free themselves from Indian yellow. Despite all the human rights abuses, Kashmiris are determined to get what is rightfully theirs.