Consequences if power outages not contained, KP CM warns Centre

Gandapur said that provincial government is fully cooperating to solve problems related to electricity

By News Report
June 22, 2024
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur is seen speaking in this still taken from a video. — X/PTIofficial

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur Friday warned the Shehbaz Sharif-led federal government that things could get out of hand if it does not reduce loadshedding to a maximum of 12 hours.


As the CM chaired a meeting on loadshedding today, he was informed about the latest situation of power cuts, recovery of power distribution companies, and other matters related to the energy sector.

In the briefing, the chief minister was informed that Rs1 billion was recovered in one month with the support of the KP government, while security was provided to the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) staffers and its facilities.

The meeting was informed that the distribution company had promised that no power cuts would take place during Eid ul Adha, however, it fell short of its commitment. During the Eid holidays, 12 to 18 hours of loadshedding was carried out in most areas.

Due to the power outages, 81 protests against unannounced loadshedding have been held since May 1, in which women also participated, the chief minister was told.

Following the briefing, Gandapur said that the provincial government is fully cooperating to solve the problems related to electricity.

“ is a pity that the federal government is not fulfilling its promises, unannounced loadshedding of electricity was also done on the occasion of Eid,” the chief minister lamented.

Gandapur said that even after substantial recovery, electricity loadshedding is being done, which as a result, is making people’s lives miserable.

“Due to illegal load-shedding, the public’s reaction is getting stronger, the protest against loadshedding is not of any political party or provincial government. Load-shedding is a public issue and public reaction is not unwarranted.”

CM Gandapur once again said that electricity loadshedding of more than 12 hours is not acceptable in any case. He warned the Centre that the public could get out of control and said the federal government has to show seriousness in this regard as the province was “fully cooperating”.