PESHAWAR - In order to discuss the power crisis and seek implementation of energy conference’s recommendations, a jirga, led by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, will meet Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf next week.

The jirga would be consisting of members from both treasury and opposition benches of KPK Assembly. Date for the jirga’s meeting with premier is yet to be fixed. It is, however, expected to take place next week or in mid of the current month.

The jirga will take up the issue of hours long loadshedding being carried out in the province as well as it would demand implementation of the energy conference’s recommendations. The energy conference was held on August 9 under the auspices of the KPK government.

Though, all opposition parties whether inside or out of the provincial assembly had boycotted the conference, yet later the opposition parties within the assembly fully backed the resolutions, which it had presented. To persuade opposition parties within the assembly not to boycott the coming jirga’s meeting with premier, the KPK government has formed a committee. Headed by ANP KPK President Senator Afrasyab Khattak, the committee would soon meet opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani and leadership of PPP-S, PML-Q and PML-N.

Besides, the same committee would also contact the parties having no representation in the assembly, which include PTI, JI and JUI-S.

It is expected that this time, the opposition parties may not boycott as the same parties have supported the recommendations of the energy conference through a resolution, which the KPK Assembly has already adopted collectively.   

Through the resolution which was unanimously passed on Friday last, the KPK Assembly demanded Federal Government to hand over power generation and distribution system to provinces.

The resolution was signed by ANP’s Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, KPK Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Abdul Akbar Khan (PPP), Israrullah Gandapure (PPP)S, Mufti Kifayatullah of JUI(F), Javed Abbasi of PML(N) and Sikander Sherpao of PPP(S), read that after passage of 18th amendment retaining of power generation and distribution systems with centre is not understandable.

The same resolution added that before the independence and till 1973, the Water and Power department was with provinces and again handing it over to province is not a new concept.

 The KPK assembly also expressed, through the resolution, strong concern over unprecedented electricity load shedding in the province and demanded of the federal government to take immediate measures for redressing the problem.

The same resolution further said that KPK has been producing maximum and cheapest electricity and carrying out such a long hours load shedding in this province is unjustified and like a tyranny with the people of this region. 

The assembly also demanded of the government to take effective measures on war footing for improving power distribution system of PESCO, unless the power distribution system is not handed over to provinces. The prevailing system of power distribution has totally failed and people of the province are suffering a lot, the resolution explained.