LAHORE - Pakistan has imported generators and other equipments worth over Rs 400 billion during the last two years due to worst energy crisis as the industrialists, small traders, shopkeepers and even the domestic consumers had to switch to alternative arrangements to ensure power supply. Usman Ghani, Director International Federation of Hardware and Houseware Association (IHA) revealed this during a brief chat with The Nation here on Wednesday. He said that had Pakistan saved this amount it would have been enough to construct a medium dam the produce hydroelectricity. He further said that Pakistan should immediately finalise the agreement with Iran to import at least 2000-MW electricity to manage the power deficit. To a question, he said that if the United States is not happy over Pakistans decision to import electricity from Iran then Washington should come forward to help overcome energy crisis in Pakistan. He also criticised the government for its failure to evolve a comprehensive strategy to overcome energy crisis in Pakistan as the massive power outages have destroyed the cottage and small industry. Usman Ghani also urged the govt to come out with a creditable schedule for load management applicable in all parts of the country. He further said that the small and cottage industries are on the verge of collapse, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake. He said that the production of cottage industry in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sheikhupra has declined by 50 per cent in recent weeks. He wondered as to why electricity rates are higher when the global oil prices are at $80 a barrel while it was cheaper when the crude oil rates were $147 a barrel. He said that the traders and shopkeepers are on the streets to protests against 14 to 18 hours unscheduled load shedding as the wheel of cottage industry has come to a complete halt while massive power outrages are badly affecting the businesses across the country.