Islamabad, Jan. 4 -- : Faced with a severe power crisis, the Shehbaz Sharif government in Pakistan has announced plans to reduce energy consumption nationwide whereby it proposes to close markets by 8:30 pm and wedding halls by 10 pm.

"The plan will change the overall lifestyle and habit pattern of the nation and save us Pkr 60 billion," Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper during a press conference on Tuesday.

During the presser, Asif said that the production of inefficient fans run on electricity will be halted in Pakistan by July. "Inefficient fans use around 120-130 watts of electricity. Across the globe, fans are available that use 60-80 watts," he said.

This development comes as a Pakistan m...