ISLAMABAD - While announcing new power projects worth 40,000 megawatts, Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif, on Tuesday dispelled the claims that most of the new projects would be installed in Punjab.

Projects worth 10250 megawatts would be set up in Sindh, 9410 MW in KPK, 2720 MW in Balochistan, 5000 MW in Punjab, 11917 MW in Gilgit Baltistan and 4,000 MW in Azad Kashmir, hence only 12 percent projects would be established in Punjab while the rest in other provinces.

He said as for energy projects under China-Pakistan Energy Corridor are concerned, only 25 percent projects would be in Punjab despite the fact that its population is 60 percent of the total population of the country.

The minister said most of the hydel projects are being implemented in KPK because of availability of water there. As against this, coal based projects are being executed in Karachi, Gwadar, Port Qasim and Sahiwal in Punjab.

Asif also mentioned that despite friendly policies of federal government no new project has been proposed by KPK.

He said load-shedding decreased this year as compared to last year as the government had added 2000 MW to the system.

Earlier, talking to newsmen along with KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq Khawaja Asif said the federal government would resolve electricity, water and other issues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on priority basis.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a meeting on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project today.