When it comes to the energy crisis, Pakistan just cannot catch a break. The country’s electricity crisis is a well documented and a much discussed fact, throughout the summer citizens are forced to toil through the days in extreme heat with merely a few hour of electricity. Tall claims were made by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) during the election campaign to end the power crisis within months of assuming power. The Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was most vocal about his plans to end the energy crisis in the shortest possible time. The Punjab Chief Minister’s vow to end the power crisis within 6 months during the election campaign leading up to the 2013 General Elections now repeatedly gets played on Television screens to remind him of his promise. However, instead of improving the power crisis further intensified, earlier this year during the Holy month of Ramadan people were left fuming after the first two days of the Holy month brought unprecedented load-shedding despite government claims of relief. At the start of this year in January another energy related crisis engulfed the country. The crisis and the incompetence of the Government that resulted in the rather bizarre shortage of petrol in the country, many cities came to a standstill as pumps ran out of petrol for many days. Winters have brought another crisis for the citizens this year, with temperatures dropping much of the country has run out of gas. The Federal capital and the province of Punjab are the worst hit areas with protests erupting in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi. The residents of major cities in Punjab have been forced to collect wood to prepare food in the 21st century as the Government focuses on Metro buses and underpasses.
Government has failed to fulfill its pledges to end energy crisis.