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New Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to announce roadmap soon

Will include measures to deal with energy and economic crises

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Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif will announce a 100-day roadmap after taking oath as prime minister to tackle the energy and economic crises in the country, a senior Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader said Sunday.

Sartaj Aziz, on state-run radio, said that various committees of the party have chalked out action plans after intensive deliberations following the election victory of PML-N earlier this month.

He said the roadmap, to be made public by Sharif, would include short and long term electricity generation projects and measures to deal with the problem of circular debt in the power sector, which according to him has gone up to Rs800 billion (Dh53 billion).

The daily power cuts of up to 12 and 18 hours across the country because of big gap between demand and supply of electricity have multiplied the suffering of people amid sizzling summer heat.

The failure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to resolve the energy crisis during its five-year rule was seen as a major factor behind its defeat in the May 11 general election.

The transition of power to a PML-N government awaits the inauguration of the newly elected national assembly, which, according to the constitution, should be convened no later than 21 days after the general election.

In Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the prime minister-in-waiting, will take oath as chief minister on June 6, the present caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi told the media in Lahore.

PPP has nominated senior party leader Syed Khurshid Shah for the office of leader of the opposition in the national assembly.

In his first public statement after the nomination, Shah said PPP would like to see the incoming PML-N government complete its five-year term.

“If the PML-N government completes its tenure, then no force will be able to even think of derailing democracy in the country,” he said, adding that PPP would support all pro-people initiatives of the new government.