ISLAMABAD - The legislators in the Upper House warned the government that the country was heading towards Tunis and Egypt-like circumstances if a comprehensive policy was not devised to steer the country out of the economic crisis. The House started its debate on the adjournment motions moved from the legislators of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and others to discuss the ongoing energy crisis in Pakistan including unscheduled loadshedding, excessive billing and high power tariffs. Professor Khurshid Ahmed proposed formation of a single energy ministry with divisions of petroleum, water & power and natural gas adding that a comprehensive strategy should be devised to overcome this crisis. "In the past neither line losses, power theft and circulated debt was controlled nor capacity of power production was increased", he added. Professor Khurshid informed the House that 1800 industrial units had been closed in the country due to severe power shortage and ultimately the daily wages workers could not make their both ends meet. Prior to the debate, Leader of the House Nayyar Hussain Bokhari moved three bills before the House - The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2010; The Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Bill, 2010 and The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2010- that were referred to the concerned standing committees for further consideration. Tahir Hussain Mashhadi of MQM was of the view that the proper supervision was one of the key reasons behind loadshedding as the corruption in WAPDA was on the rise. He said that the country was heading towards a bloody revolution. Mashhadi said that rental power plants were a source of corruption adding that the unemployment in the big cities of Pakistan was increasing owing to energy crisis as the local industry had been closed due to this menace. More than half of a dozen MPs spoke on the issue and demanded a comprehensive policy to overcome the energy crisis and at the same time criticised the Rental Power Plants (RPPs) saying those were only the source of plundering and looting the national wealth. They said that RPPs could not produce good results despite the huge investment by the government. They demanded of the government to control power theft and line losses and slash non-developmental budget to invest in the power sector. Professor Ibrahim warned the rulers that Tunis and Egypt-like situation was being created in the country and pre-emptive measures should be taken to control the situation. Abdul Haseeb Khan alleged that the government made full payments to the RPPs in advance against the international common practices only to get the kickbacks. He also said that the administration of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) did not implement the agreement in true letter and spirit that it did with the government at the time of its privatisation. "The administration according the agreement had to invest 360 billions for upgradation and distribution purposes but unfortunately it failed to do so", he added. Senator Haroon Akhtar's speech was more impressive as he gave many suggestions to overcome line losses, circular debt and make the power generation by local resources like coal and natural gas etc. instead of furnace oil. He also suggested that they should put conditions to get nuclear energy plants while negotiating with their allies of war on terrorism while describing it the cheapest from of energy. Senators Hasil Bazengo and Mian Raza Rabbani on the point of orders said that the House should pass a resolution to show its support with the Egyptian people who were peacefully struggling for the cause of democracy. They said that it would be a good message from the Upper House to support their cause. Khalid Somroo on the point of order said that the law should be amended to make all the regional languages as national languages. Farah Aqil raised the issue of Crisis Centre of Ministry of Women Development that the staff of the Centre had been not receiving their salaries for the last six months before the House was adjourned to meet again on Friday at 10 a.m.