Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf presided over a high level meeting at Prime Minister House to review the energy situation in the country.

Those who attended the meeting included Dr. Asim Hussain, Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources, Mr. Saleem H. Mandiwalla, Finance Minister, Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman WAPDA and senior officials of the government.

The meeting was informed that the cost of electricity has increased due to its dependence on generation from oil. The meeting was told that the government has injected a sum of Rs. 1.4 Trillion in the energy sector in the last five years to subsidize electricity and ensure that that the common man is not burdened by rising electricity prices.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of water and Power to ensure optimum generation so that power supply to consumer remains unaffected.

The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Water and Power to constantly monitor the fuel availability and stocks situation in thermal power plants so that they remain operative. In this connection, he directed Ministry of Water and Power to closely coordinate with Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Ministry of Finance.

The meeting was also informed that an interim report on the reasons behind the power break-down of February 25 will be submitted to the Prime Minister on Monday.