Power division has not announced zero load-shedding policy for all of Ramzan

The zero load-shedding policy will apply only to select timings around Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh prayers

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Claim: A Facebook page shared a post about the load-shedding schedule released by the Ministry of Energy (Power Division), claiming there would be zero load-shedding during the whole month of Ramzan.

Fact: The claim is misleading. During Ramzan, the zero load-shedding policy will apply only to select timings around Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh prayers.

On 25 March 2022, Facebook page Aamrood shared a post claiming that the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) has decided there will be no load-shedding throughout the month of Ramzan.

This claim is, however, misleading. As reported by ARY News, the Power Division sought details relating to demand and supply from power distribution companies across the company to formulate a strategy for zero load-shedding during the special hours — around Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh prayers — of Ramzan 2022. However, at the time of reporting, no official announcement regarding the load-shedding policy for Ramzan has been made by the Ministry of Energy.

Soch Fact Check found the claim in question to be misleading as it does not clarify that the impending zero load-shedding decision will only apply to select timings during Ramzan. The claim also did not make clear that a formal announcement regarding the load-shedding policy has not yet been made.

Soch Fact Check reached out to officials of the Power Division but did not receive a response by the time of publishing.

Conclusion: The government has not announced a zero load-shedding policy for the whole month of Ramzan. The impending decision, though not yet formally announced, will apply only to select hours around Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh prayers.

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