Loadshedding frustrating Karachiites, says JI leader

By Our Correspondent
June 22, 2024
The image released on June 17, 2024 showsJamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Amir Munem Zafar talking to the media.— Facebook/Monemzafar

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Amir Munem Zafar on Friday criticised K-Electric (KE) for causing frustration among Karachiites due to frequent loadshedding and overcharging.


Expressing his concerns at the JI Karachi headquarters, Idara Noor-e-Haq, he stated that KE had been implementing extensive loadshedding across Karachi, including in supposed "protected areas," while simultaneously overcharging consumers. He emphasised that despite harsh weather conditions, the duration of loadshedding had been increased, reaching up to 10 hours in densely populated neighbourhoods.

Calling upon Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to intervene, he urged for immediate measures to end power outages and reduce the tax burden on electricity bills.

Additionally, he demanded that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) cease acting in favour of the KE and instead take strict financial and administrative actions against the company for overcharging, unannounced power cuts, and prolonged delays in issue resolution that disrupt power supply in various parts of Karachi.

Regrettably, he remarked, it appeared that neither the federal government nor the Sindh government under the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership were effectively

addressing the concerns

of Karachi and its residents. He held the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) responsible for exacerbating the situation regarding the KE's lease.

Highlighting ongoing protests across the city against the KE's power failures, he asserted that Karachiites were suffering from sleep deprivation due to the company's inefficiencies, leaving them with no choice but to exercise their right to demonstrate.