KARACHI - Former Water and Power Minister Liaquat Jatoi said Sunday two rental power plants were brought without his approval as the then Water and Power Minister.

Speaking at his residence here, Jatoi said false and baseless allegations of misdeeds in the form of rental power plants had been levelled against him.

“I have nothing to do with two rental plants brought to the country during my term as water and power minister. Although I was the Water and Power Minister, my approval was not taken. All was done through presidency.”

There was no power crisis during my term, he explained, adding he had approved 12 energy projects and out of those four became operational. 

If the current government had not come into power, all these projects would have become operational, he added. 

He said he was ready to face punishment if it was established in the Supreme Court that he had made a single rupee in any of these projects.

29th Haiku Mushaira organised: The 29th Haiku Mushaira was organised here on Friday evening at the Arts Council of Pakistan to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan.

It was held under the joint auspices of the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association (PCJA), Sindh, and the Japan Cultural Centre of the Japanese Consulate in Karachi.

Haiku is a popular form of the Japanese poetry.

It was presided over by a prominent literary figure, Prof Sahar Ansari and attended by the Consul General of Japan in Karachi, Masaharu Sato, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Hussain Syed.

They shed light on the close friendly ties between Japan and Pakistan and said that these have strengthened with the passage of time.

The president of PCJA Sindh, Ms. Saadia Rashid, presented the welcome address.

As many as 35 poets took part in the Haiku Mushaira. Urdu translation of Basho, original Urdu Haiku and ‘Bandhan’ also presented on the occasion.

Organisers pointed out that Haiku Mushaira was started in 1983. The Pakistani poets have been taking great interest in Haiku, it was further stated.