PM di­rects timely com­ple­tion of power projects

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif said on Mon­day that Is­lam en­ti­tles men and women with equal rights, while prais­ing the ini­tia­tive taken by Sharmeen Obaid-Chi­noy's doc­u­men­tary against hon­our killing, ' A Girl in the River: The Price of For­give­ness.' "Sharmeen is a proud daugh­ter of Pak­istan, and the strug­gle for women rights has al­ways been chal­leng­ing, but noth­ing can jus­tify the op­pres­sion against women," said the premier at the screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary at the Prime Min­is­ter House. Sharmeen echoed the sen­ti­ments of the premier, and said "Is­lam dis­cour­ages vi­o­lence against women, and there is no hon­our in hon­our killings." The prime min­is­ter re­it­er­ated that there should be no dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of creed, colour or caste in the Pak­istani so­ci­ety. "It is the govern­ment's pri­or­ity to en­sure women rights, and the govern­ment will take ad­min­is­tra­tive mea­sures against hon­our killings," elab­o­rated the premier. Speak­ing at the spe­cial screen­ing ar­ranged for the prime min­is­ter, Sharmeen fur­ther stated that no re­li­gion al­lows to kill women in the name of hon­our.

"Is­lam en­ti­tles women with fun­da­men­tal rights, and the govern­ment should be com­mit­ted to plug loop­holes in leg­is­la­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has as­sured us that mea­sures would be taken against hon­our killings," said Sharmeen. The an­nounce­ment of the screen­ing at PM House came af­ter the Os­car-win­ning doc­u­men­tary maker met PM Nawaz at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence ear­lier.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day di­rected timely com­ple­tion of dif­fer­ent on­go­ing power projects across the coun­try and said he would per­son­ally mon­i­tor the progress to en­sure it. Chair­ing meet­ing of Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on En­ergy here at the PM House, the Prime Min­is­ter said sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion of power to the na­tional grid would min­i­mize load-shed­ding. He said in­creased power gen­er­a­tion would also con­trib­ute to eco­nomic growth through in­creased in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity. Fed­eral Sec­re­tary Wa­ter and Power briefed the meet­ing that the year 2015 re­mained most sta­ble as well as the best pe­riod for gen­er­a­tion of power dur­ing the last ten years due to low­est line losses in terms of tech­ni­cal­i­ties and re­cov­ery.

There was 5.8% re­duc­tion in the line losses dur­ing the Year due to bet­ter mon­i­tor­ing and ro­bust strat­egy to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion and leak­ages, the Sec­re­tary told the meet­ing. The Prime Min­is­ter was in­formed that there was an in­crease of Rs. 51 bil­lion in re­cov­er­ies while Rs.10 bil­lion were saved due to de­crease in line losses.

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