On 3rd April, the following statement by Raja Pervez Ashraf circulated on GEO TV’s news strip at the bottom of the screen (all emphasis added, unless otherwise stated):
- “The government is facing a shortage of 3000 MW. The previous government was unable to produce even 1 MW.”
The above assertion was also subsequently repeated on a PTV programme by another gentleman (name unknown) who said:
- “Pitchley hakoomat aik mega watt bijli bhee paida nahi kar saki.” Translation: The previous government was unable to produce even 1 MW of electricity.”
Later, on the 7th of April, Raja Pervez Ashraf had this to say in a press conference:
- “Pitchley 12 saal mey aik megawatt bijli paida nahi ki gai.” Translation: “In the past 12 years not even 1 MW of electricity was produced.”
The Dawn online quotes Raja Pervez Ashraf as follows:
- He [Raja Pervez Ashraf] said not a single megawatt had been added to the national grid over the past 10 to 11 years, including the tenure of the past government which had made tall claims.“Should I call it a deliberate attempt, criminal negligence or simply the anti-people attitude of the previous government, which failed to provide a vital need of daily life for all Pakistanis, be it a common man or an industrialist,” said the minister.
The assertion that “not even 1 MW” was added to the national grid by the previous government or in the past 10, 11 and 12 years has since been parroted ad nauseum by other members of the new regime such as Sherry Rahman and Asif Ali Zardari aka Mr. 10%.
For those who may not know, Raja Pervez Ashraf belongs to the PPPP and is the new Federal Minister for Water and Power.
The above quoted comments are more than enough to conclude that Raja Pervez Ashraf is a confirmed liar. When he asserts again and again that “not even 1 MW was added to the national grid,” then he is uttering a bald-faced lie since MUCH MORE THAN 1 MW was added to the national grid by the previous government.
That Raja Pervez Ashraf is shamelessly lying can be easily seen by considering these facts:
- • In Musharraf era: The 1450 MW Ghazi Brotha Hydel Project (GBHP) went into operation in June 2003.
• Nuclear power plant Chashma-2, came on-line in 2007, has added another 300MW to the national grid.
• Chashma-1 – built by China and started commercial operation in 2000 – added 300 MW to the national grid.
Let us remind ourselves what Raja Pervez Ashraf has said repeatedly with confidence: “In the past 12 years not even 1 MW of electricity was produced.” If this is not a lie, I don’t know what is.
The final nail in the coffin:
In 1999 our installed capacity was merely 15,860 MW. (With Hydel 4826 + Thermal 10,897 + Nuclear 137). But in 2005-06 our installed capacity increased to become 20,495 MW. (With Hydel 6499 + Thermal 13,534 + Nuclear 462). [source]
THE ABOVE IS INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE THAT RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF IS A LIAR.
Wind Energy Sector Overview:
225 wind water pumping systems have been installed in Balochistan. Over 140 micro wind turbines of 500 Watts each are operational in Sindh and Balochistan, providing electricity to 691 houses in eighteen ( 18 ) remote, off-grid villages.
Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has been assigned by the Government of Pakistan with the target of producing 700 MW of Wind Power by the year 2010 and 9700 MW by the year 2030, through the private sector. Currently, there are 84 IPPs in the country, who are planning to install 50 MW wind farm each, on a “BOO” or “BOOT” basis, under the Policy for Development of Renewable Energy for Power Generation 2006 issued by the Government of Pakistan.
According to another source:
Pakistan’s total power generating capacity has increased rapidly in recent years, due largely to foreign investment, leading to a partial alleviation of the power shortages Pakistan often faces in peak seasons.
If our power generating capacity has “increased rapidly”, then, in the language of an idiot, much more than 1 MW has been added to the national grid.
The work which the previous government, under Musharraf, carried out, as well as their future plans, can be read in the above reports and some of the details can also be seen here:
The inescapable conclusion once again is that Raja Pervez Ashraf is a liar.
There would have been nothing wrong had Raja Pervez Ashraf said that while the previous government was successful in increasing the capacity of our national grid, we are still, nonetheless, facing a power shortage. Such an explanation would have been perfectly fine. But when, in anger, Raja Pervez Ashraf blurts out that “not even 1 MW was added to the national grid by the previous government,” then he is engaging in deception and is uttering an outright lie.
What comes as a surprise is the overly lax attitude displayed by our otherwise hyper media in the face of such blatant bald-faced lies by opponents of our honourable President Musharraf. While the media tends to be too quick to “rebut” and “disprove” any statement made by President Musharraf and his supporters, even if through ridiculous means, it appears to be unwilling to critically question confirmed thumb-sucking liars such as Raja Pervez Ashraf.
Surely, it is in the face of such factually erroneous assertions – particularly when they are emanating from individuals holding influential posts – when a trained reporter/journalist is supposed to get into action and critically confront/question the individuals presenting disinformation. But this is simply not happening. Why? Where is the ‘scholar’ Dr Shahid Masood? Why does he not enlighten the public with a typical conspiracy theory of his to explain why Raja Pervez Ashraf had to lie (e.g. the American’s kidnapped Raja Pervez Ashraf and implanted a ‘lie telling’ micro-chip in his brain so that he tells lies in order to cause the PPPP much embarrassment etc)? And what about Hamid Mir? Why is he not confronting Raja Pervez Ashraf on his false claim?
This is just one example of a lie being uttered to mislead the masses by old looters and corrupt politicians, who have been brought back to power in the previous elections by morally/ethically bankrupt voters, which has been ignored by the media. Many more similar blatant lies are being circulated by the friends of Raja Pervez Ashraf which we will be exposing one by one in the future.
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