His comments came at a time when load shedding has increased to over 12-15 hours in rural and 7-12 hours in urban areas of the energy-starved nation.

Sharif chaired a high-level meeting to review electricity generation in the country today at PM House here.

The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan, Special Assistant to PM Dr Musadiq Malik and senior officers.

Prime Minister clearly directed to bring down the load shedding level to 6 hours in urban and 7 hours in rural areas in next few days.

Prime Minister declared existing level of load-shedding as unacceptable.

"Prime Minister clearly directed to bring down the load shedding level to 6 hours in urban and 7 hours in rural areas in next few days. Prime Minister declared existing level of load-shedding as unacceptable," a statement released by his Office said.

He was briefed that additional 1,000 Megawatt will be added from the hydel sources on May 11 and by the end of this month 3,500 Megawatts more from hydel sources will also be added.

Prime Minister directed Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources and Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that fuel shortage issue is resolved in next few days.

630 Megawatts in the system would also be added in the system through additional supply of fuel to Muzafargarh and Jamshoro power plants. Prime Minister also directed to reactivate dormant power stations, the statement said.

Sharif directed to shift the fuel supply through Railway to power houses to avoid leakages, pilferage and corruption.

(Agencies)

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