PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has blasted the government over the excessive power outages across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and threatened to launch protest campaign if the situation did not improve.
Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, PTI leader Asad Qaiser said the people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were faced with 15 to 18 hours of loadshedding in the scorching heat in Ramazan.
He claimed the electricity shortfall was around 10,000 megawatts against the official figure of 5,000MW. Flanked by party activists, he said the Awami National Party-led provincial government had failed to undertake any mega power project to generate electricity.
He said business activities had come to a standstill due to protracted loadshedding. “The people’s woes and economic problems have failed to shake the conscience of the rulers. They are the least bothered to address the power crisis,” he remarked.
Asad Qaiser pooh-poohed the ANP promise of providing 100 units of electricity free of cost to people it had made during the election campaign. “It has also failed to address other key problems the province has been facing,”
he said, adding that the rulers were busy serving their vested interest and making money by taking commissions in everything.He feared the disaffected people would resort to civil disobedience as they saw no hope that the crisis would end in the near future.