The electricity crisis gripping the country has worsened over the last few weeks as the electricity shortfall hit 8,500 megawatts. Over half a dozen power plants have stopped producing power citing a lack of oil, according to recent reports.
Apart from the every-day troubles, the shortfall has also hit the economy as some of the worst affected cities are the industrial centres of the country, including Faisalabad, Sialkot and Lahore.
The provincial government and the centre have been exchanging blows and shifting blame in recent weeks on the real ‘reason’ behind the shortfall without bringing any relief to the consumers. “No-one really knows who is running the power show in the country,” an unnamed Ministry of Water and Power official has said, underlining the chaos ruling one of the biggest crises of the country at present.
Locals in the affected areas have retorted to angry and violent protests that have seen loss of property, violence but have not been able to curtail the unprecedented loadshedding.
While the centre and province grapple in a game of politics, it is the common man who has to bear the brunt of their tactics.
What should the government do to ensure the crisis is overcome?
Who is to be blamed for the shortage?
Should people continue with their violent protests? Will they be able to divert the attention of the powers that be towards the ‘real’ problems facing the people of Pakistan?
Dawn.com invites its readers to give their comments and share their suggestions…