GUJRANWALA Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has reiterated his governments resolve to overcome the worst energy crisis, saying the PPP government is capable enough to steer clear the country of current power crisis. The history of PPP bears the testimony to the fact that it has, with its abilities, overcome crises including political in the country. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Gulf Rental Power Project here on Sunday, Gilani said the commissioning of this project would prove a milestone towards achieving self-reliance in the energy sector. Pakistan has been constructing 850 megawatts Sukki power project with an estimated cost of $1.4 billion which will be the largest hydel power project in Asia, he disclosed. Gulf Rental Power Project has a capacity of 62 megawatts and has been built at a cost of $350 million at Eimanabad, some 10 km south of Gujranwala. Federal Water & Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Federal Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Federal Population Welfare Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and State Minister for Communications Ch Imtiaz Safdar Warraich also accompanied the PM. The prime minister said the government had announced its energy vision and would use all sources including hydel, thermal, coal and even nuclear to overcome the energy shortfall in the country. He said: Dams are long-term projects while rental power projects are the short-cut to reduce the widening gap between the demand and supply of electricity so the government has taken the bold step, ignoring criticism with a view to facilitating the masses. He lauded the services of the Pak Saudi Consortium for the socio-economic development of Pakistan. He said: Public-private partnership and private sector are the main sources to overcome energy crisis in the country, and the government has been encouraging the both to bring Pakistan back on the road to development and prosperity. Speaking on the occasion, Raja Pervez Ashraf said only six per cent tariff hike would be recorded due to rental power projects, which had been confirmed by the World Bank; so unnecessary criticism must be stopped now. He said coal projects for energy purpose were also being materialised and, the PPP government would prove its mettle yet again after overcoming energy crisis in the country. He said: Energy crisis was inherited by this government and the PPP always comes to power in difficult circumstances but it will overcome this crisis along with other core issues through its politics of reconciliation.