LAHORE -

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said that foreign and local experts were being consulted for resolving energy crisis which had caused irreparable loss to national economy and left a negative impact on industrial and agriculture sectors while trade and economic activities had also suffered.

He was talking to President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Farooq Iftikhar at Model Town, on Sunday.

Member National Assembly Perviaz Malik, Coordinator to Chief Minister on Energy Shahid Riaz Gondal and Iftikhar Bhatti were also present on the occasion.

Shahbaz said that government would soon achieve success on this count as efforts were under way to seek both local and foreign help to address the issue.

He said that PML-N govt was determined to overcome energy crisis and measures were being taken on war footing for this purpose.

He said that industrialists and traders should present practicable proposals for dealing with the problem of shortage of energy and the government will seriously consider them so that the nation could be rid of energy shortage.

The Chief Minister said that energy crisis had badly affected industrial process and poverty and unemployment had increased.  He said that there was a need to evolve an effective strategy and adopt comprehensive measures on emergent basis to cope with this problem. He said that PML-N government was making serious and sincere efforts to resolve energy crisis.  Shahbaz was of the view that poverty and unemployment can be controlled by promoting trade and economic activities.  He said that uninterrupted supply of power was essential for continuity of industrial process.

President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Farooq Iftikhar said that industrialists and traders fully supported the government in resolving the energy crisis and will extend all out cooperation for this purpose.

Coordinator to Chief Minister on Energy Shahid Riaz Gondal said that PML-N government was sincere in resolving the problems being faced by the country and its efforts for ridding the nation of energy problem will yield positive results.

Meanwhile, various delegations called on Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Raiwind.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said that whole nation was grieved over the tragic incidents of Quetta where extreme barbarism had been displayed.

He said that targeting innocent students and people was a blatant aggression.

He said that it was highly lamentable that residence of the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam in Ziarat had also been destroyed. He said that every patriotic Pakistani was saddened by these unfortunate incidents.  He said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and it is time to forge unity and solidarity by sinking mutual differences.

He said that if the nation and political parties joined hands, the extremist elements will find no place to hide.