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Pakistan’s power crisis looms large

POWER TO THE PEOPLE:As politicians apportion blame and promise to fix the chronic power outages, voters are becoming disenchanted as historic elections draw near

AFP, RAWALPINDI, Pakistan

The PPP claims it needs just two-and-a-half years to end power shortages, begging the question as to why five years in office was not enough.

“I don’t believe anyone. No one does anything. They make promises and after two days they forget,” said taxi driver Muhammad Shahid, lining up for compressed natural gas, a popular alternative to gasoline, which is also in short supply.

Saigol is tight-lipped about his own voting intentions, but he does seem to know who his 4,000 staff and their families will not vote for.

“Do you think they will vote for someone who did not solve that crisis?” he said.

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