President: Meeting reviews causes of the power outage

Islamabad: A meeting was held on Tuesday at the Aiwan-e-Sadr with President Asif Ali Zardari in chair to review the power situation in country.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Water and Power Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar, Minister for Finance Mr. Saleem H. Mandviwala, Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr. Asim Hussain and senior officials of the concerned ministries.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President was briefed about the causes of the power outage Sunday night and the steps being taken to avoid any such situation in the future.

The President was informed that the power failure resulting from a technical fault had been rectified and on the directives of the Prime Minister an Inquiry Committee has been constituted with Member Power WAPDA as its Convener to ascertain the reasons and to fix the responsibility for the failure.

The Minister for Water & Power Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar briefed the President about the current demand and supply of the power. Dr. Asim Hussain briefed the meeting about the availability of fuel and gas for electricity generation.

The progress made so far on various ongoing projects in the energy sector with special reference to finances involved in their completion was also discussed.