Strict action will be taken against black sheeps involved in gas and power theft: Shahbaz Sharif

Lahore, July 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the black sheep involved in the theft of electricity and gas will be exposed and brought to justice.

He stated this while visiting a textile mill near Adda Sadhar Jhang Road, Faisalabad, accompanied by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, where large scale pilferage of gas was detected. The Chief Minister said that Pakistan is facing energy crisis and the elements involved in theft of gas and electricity must be awarded stringent punishment as they are usurping the rights of the masses.

He directed DCO Faisalabad to continue the operation to curb gas and power theft, disregarding all pressure and influence. Shahbaz Sharif directed that cases against such elements should be pursued vigorously.

He said that steps are being taken on emergent basis for resolving energy crisis and besides setting up new power generation projects, curbing of electricity theft and line losses is of vital importance. District Coordination Officer Najam Ahmed Shah during a briefing informed that theft of gas was detected through a successful operation in the textile mill and according to an estimate, gas worth 27 crore rupees was being pilfered annually.

He said that six cases of gas theft have been detected in Faisalabad with pilferage of gas worth 40 crore rupees annually. Later, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif along with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, during a meeting with representatives of industrial and business organizations said that government has fixed its priorities for solution of the problems being faced by the country and besides elimination of load-shedding, the system of supply of gas and electricity will also be improved.

He said that industrial and trade sectors were badly affected by the rampant corruption in the past. The Chief Minister assured industrialists, traders and businessmen that no effort would be spared for the solution of their problems and they as well as people of the country will soon see a visible change.

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