Omar Ayub Khan, a former federal minister and current leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has criticized the announcement made by the chief minister of Punjab that free electricity will be provided, calling it a “complete gimmick.”
PTI leader took to Twitter to say that [CM] Hamza Shehbaz’s announcement of waiving electricity bills for consumers with 100 units is a blatant hoax. He added that the statement was made to influence the 20-seat election in Punjab on July 17th.
Omar Ayub continued his criticism of the decision by saying, “The [Punjab government] will have to pay Rs160 billion as a subsidy.” He said that the ‘imported’ administration was pleading with the International Monetary Fund (IMD) for a tranche of funding.
It was his contention that the loadshedding was the direct result of the government’s failure to pay the Power Producers. “Since the [government] does not possess the financial means to pay the subsidy,” he continued, “a drop in [income] will need to be made up for by increasing the amount of load shedding.”
Additionally, the former federal minister issued a warning that there will be additional power outages and referred to the provincial government as a “circus.”
Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz made the announcement that homes that have consumed an average of 100 units of energy each month over the previous six months will be eligible to receive free electricity.
At a news conference held in Lahore, the Chief Minister of Punjab made the announcement that the provincial government will cover the cost of the electricity for homes that consume up to one hundred units of electricity in a single calendar month.