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’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. Winters have brought another avoidable crisis for the citizens this year that reeks of Governments incompetence, with temperatures dropping and majority of the country in the grip of a severe cold wave much of the country has run out of gas. The Federal capital and the province of Punjab are the worst hit areas with citizens protesting in many cities. 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. With the PMLN Government in its third year of the current term the gas crisis in winters instead of improving has reached its peak. The current situation in most cities in grip of the cold weather without gas is reminiscent to the Stone Age when people lived in caves and used wood to build fire and keep themselves warm. The complete silence at the worsening crisis shows the Governments apathy toward tackling problems that directly affect the masses.
Government must realize that its area of responsibility is not just limited to building metros.