Shehbaz directs steps for improved power transmission

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to take timely and effective measures to improve the power transmission and load management systems ahead of the summer season.
The prime minister, chairing a review meeting to discuss power transmission and load management, asked the relevant departments to formulate a concrete and comprehensive plan before the onset of summer. He instructed to ensure early finalization of the strategy for better power transmission and load management ahead of summer.
Calling for minimum load shedding during Holy Ramzan, the prime minister said it was pleasing that the proportion of alternate energy and local fuels was increasing for power generation, reducing dependence on imported fuels and ultimately the import bill. Prime Minister Shehbaz, who was given a briefing on power generation and load management, called for urgent measures to fully operationalise the Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant.
He instructed the power and petroleum divisions and other relevant departments to improve cohesion and coordination for better power transmission and load management. During the briefing, the prime minister was told that effective measures were being taken to put a minimum burden of the load shedding on the masses.
Federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Engineer Khurram Dastgir and Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to PM Jahanzeb Khan and senior relevant officers attended the meeting.
‘Lawyers Protection Act’ to be tabled in cabinet meeting as PM gives nod: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday gave a nod to the in-principle approval of the Lawyers’ Protection Act which would be tabled before the federal cabinet in this next meeting. The matter was discussed in a meeting between the prime minister and a delegation of the newly-elected office bearers of the bar councils from across the country.
The prime minister assured the lawyers that the government would hold consultations with the lawyers regarding the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary. Concerning the demand of the bar council representatives for a right to appeal on suo motu notice of the Supreme Court, the prime minister asked them to present a draft bill in this regard. He assured the bar members that the government would table the said bill in the parliament.
Prime Minister Shehbaz lauding innumerable sacrifices rendered by the lawyers for the supremacy of constitution and law, said the legal fraternity made a huge struggle for rule of law in the country. He said the incumbent government was striving for the resolution of the issues faced by the bar councils.
He told the delegation that the previous government inflicted a huge loss on every sector and that the violations of constitution and law were also rampant at that time. The prime minister congratulated the newly-elected office bearers of the bar councils and appreciated the sacrifices by the lawyers’ community for the supremacy of the constitution and law.
He said the lawyers raised their voices effectively against every unconstitutional step by the previous government for which they deserved applause. The members of the delegation apprised the prime minister of the issues confronting the Pakistan Bar Council, Islamabad High Court Bar Council as well as the provincial bar councils. The prime minister assured them of the immediate resolution of their genuine issues. Federal ministers Azam Nazeer Tarar, Rana Sanaullah and Rana Tanveer Hussain, special assistants to prime minister Malik Ahmed Khan and Attaullah Tarar attended the meeting.