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COAS, Caretaker PM, Discuss Security Issues

Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called on Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk.
COAS felicitated the former chief justice of Pakistan for being appointed caretaker premier and extended well wishes to him.
During the meeting, Army Chief and Justice (R) Mulk discussed the country’s current security situation and other matters were discussed. Caretaker PM Directs To Control Over Electricity LossesYesterday, Caretaker Prime Minister Justice retired Nasir-ul-Mulk directed Ministry of Power to take steps for curtailment of power sector losses so as to improve overall system efficiency and sustainability of the power sector.
He gave direction during a briefing on the power sector in Islamabad today. The briefing was attended by Secretary Power division, MD PEPCO, MD NTDC and other senior officials.
Secretary Power division briefed the Prime Minister about overall outlook of the power sector including generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country.The Prime Minister was also briefed about the current as well as anticipated power demand and supply situation.
The Prime Minister was informed that as compared to 18753MW in 2013, the currently available generation capacity stands at 28704MW. It was informed that due to weather conditions and the resultantly reduced water supply, the hydel generation last month remained at 3090 MW as compared to 6333 MW in 2015.It was informed that every effort is being made to ensure strict implementation of the load management plan which was approved by the Cabinet for the month of Ramzan.
The Prime Minister expressed concern over the huge losses in various DISCOs and directed Power Ministry to immediately start taking steps for the curtailment of these losses.He said that every effort would be made by the federal government to get the required administrative support from the provincial government towards addressing enforcement issues in the power sector.
The Prime Minister further observed that a comprehensive plan should be prepared which would help the next elected government in further improving efficiency and sustainability of the sector.
 
Earlier, Caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk was given a briefing on foreign affairs.Secretary of Foreign Affairs Tehmina Janjua, who was accompanied by the senior officials of the Ministry, briefed the Prime Minister on different aspects of the foreign policy.
The Prime Minister was also given a briefing on the state of the economy.