LAHORE -

Stressing joint efforts to overcome energy crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said the problem made the life of common people miserable.

During a meeting with a delegation of industrialists led by Gohar Ijaz, former chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Saturday, he stressed the need for taking steps on war-footing to meet this challenge.  He said since he belonged to an industrial family, he was aware of the problems confronting industrialists due to energy crisis.

He said that all possible steps were being taken for providing energy to industries and sincere efforts made for providing relief with regard to energy to industrial sector in Punjab.

He said that possible reduction in loadshedding of gas and electricity for domestic and industrial consumers would be ensured.

Federal Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Musaddiq Malik, Provincial Industries Minister Arif Ijaz and other high-ups were also present.

The meeting decided that the representatives of industrialists and government will devise a joint strategy to get through the situation.

Dr Musaddiq Malik said that whatever possible would be done for providing relief to the industrialists and people of Punjab with regard to energy. He said that private sector was playing an important role in strengthening national economy and development of the country.