ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is facing a severe power shortage but the two democratic governments since 2010 failed to chalk out and implement a power plan to combat national challenge, resultantly for the last five years the country is being run without an energy plan.

The governments of both Pakistan People Party and now the government of PML (N) made huge public statements declaring the energy self-sufficiency is their top priority but in practical terms the country was not even given a power plan from 2010 to 2015, an official told The Nation.

Though the present government announced the formation of 5-Year National Energy Policy 2013-18, in July 2013, soon after it came into power and the Council of Common Interests (CCI) has approved it in February 2014 but the policy book was not made public hitherto and being under the carpet for reasons unknown.

The energy policy book will be published in few days but this government wasted two years and could not even publish the plan what to talk about its implementation, the source maintained. If the government publishes the book today and there is no proper allocation in the PSDP 2015-16 we have to wait another year for the allocation in the PSDP 2016-17, so you have two years time left for the implementation of Energy policy, the official explained.

During PPP government energy sector plan was prepared by the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) energy sector task force. It was named Integrated Energy Plan 2009-22 but it could not get the final official approval and thus the government departed without making any achievement in the power sector.

Similarly the present government also talks about the energy plan and if you ask where is the energy plan? They will tell you that we are already following the proposed Energy Policy from the last two years. We have the right to ask what is the reason behind the delay in publishing the policy, the source questioned. One simple reason is that the absence of published policy is good for the rulers because the plan is a legal document which bound them to work in certain parameters and thus limit the government power to make change as per their like and dislikes. Take the example of the incumbent government, for the first two years of assumption of power they worked hard on the development of coal based energy and then they diverted towards LNG, believe me even a small household doesn’t work in the pattern our country is being operated, the official maintained.

The government should immediately make public the energy policy and must direct all the concerned ministries not to bring any new scheme unless the implementations of the projects mentioned in the Energy policy were undertaken.