Islamabad - Declaring emergency over the crippling energy crisis, PM Nawaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to work on war footings to overcome the shortage.

Chairing a high-level meeting on Monday‚ he said that no laxity would be tolerated. He further directed to establish a dedicated Project Management Office (PMO) to track the progress of various under-completion power projects.

Minister for Water & Power Khwaja Asif, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister of State for Water & Power Abid Sher Ali and Special Assistant to PM Dr Mussadiq Malik attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the PM was given a detailed briefing about the Neelum-Jhelum and Nandipur Power projects. Nawaz ordered timely completion of these projects and also approved to set up two power projects at Gaddani and Port Qasim immediately. The Punjab government also agreed for setting up power project at Port Qasim.

The premier was also informed that a coal-based power project with the help of Asian Development Bank is being started in Jamshoro and would be completed in 2 years time.

Nawaz directed that work on these projects be carried on war footings and that he himself considers the strategy of ‘energy response’ as ‘energy emergency’.

No decision was made on gas loadshedding in winter.