Govt focusing on providing relief to power consumers: PM Abbasi

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said that the government was cognisant of the problems being faced by consumers due to power shortage and was focusing on providing relief to the domestic and industrial consumers.

The prime minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet here at the PM Office.

The cabinet lauded the efforts of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the Ministry of Power and the Cabinet Committee on Energy to have achieved the milestone of enhanced power generation in the country, which was more than the required national demand for electricity.

The prime minister informed the cabinet that several power projects were still in the implementation stage that would further enhance the Pakistan’s energy generation capacity. The cabinet approved the signing of agreement on economic cooperation for the establishment of a joint commission between Pakistan and Czech Republic.

The cabinet also approved a proposal for the regulations of arms licenses for prohibited (automatic) weapons and lifting of ban on non-prohibited bore arms licenses.

According to the proposal, all automatic weapons would be required to be converted to semi-automatic by authorised dealers within a specified time, and get new licenses in lieu of the previously issued licenses.

Alternately, the weapon holder would also have the option of returning their automatic weapon to the government at the prescribed rate.

The cabinet gave approval for filling vacant positions in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Council of Complaints in the regions of Sindh, Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Approvals were also accorded for the establishment of one bench of the Customs Appellate Tribunal at Quetta. In the end, the cabinet members offered prayers for the martyrs of North Waziristan explosion that occurred on Tuesday (December 5).