The Pakistan Committee on Energy has recommended an increase in power tariffs by 12-16 per cent in order to close the gap between the cost of power production and the sale price of electricity.

It also recommended severe punishments, including prison time, for power theft, along with the freezing of bank accounts and confiscation of property.

The committee had been directed to find a solution to Pakistan’s power crisis. The finance minister is expected to present the committee’s report to the prime minister “very soon”. A final decision on the committee’s recommendations will be taken by the prime minister.

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