A day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting on the grim power situation in the country, orders to cut power supply were issued for the President’s official residence and 17 other government buildings for non-payment of bills.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Tuesday briefed the press about the action taken and orders to the power utility, the Islamabad Electric Supply Company to act against powerful defaulters.

Apart from the Presidential mansion, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Parliament Lodges, the residence of the Chief Justice of Pakistan and other government buildings will get notices.

Mr. Sharif had directed the Ministry of Water and Power to have zero tolerance towards the theft of electricity and to speed up the recovery process.

The head office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the Capital Development Authority will also suffer. The Prime Minister's Secretariat had not paid Rs 6.2 million over the years. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had totted up a bill of Rs 1.1 million.