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Saturday May 18, 2024

JI to issue white paper highlighting KE’s ‘wrongdoings’

By Our Correspondent
May 12, 2024
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) supporters and workers hold party flags during an election rally on February 6, 2024. — Facebook/Siraj ul Haq
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) supporters and workers hold party flags during an election rally on February 6, 2024. — Facebook/Siraj ul Haq

A large number of the people belonging to all walks of life participated in demonstrations organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Saturday to protest against the policies and actions of K-Electric (KE) and its facilitators.

The demonstrations were staged in all towns of Karachi in response to a call of the Karachi JI interim emir, Munim Zafar.

Protesters carried placards and banners, and chanted slogans against the power utility and the political and influential figures supporting it.

According to a statement issued by the JI, a large number of traders and students participated in the protests.

Zafar addressed a protest held outside the Shaheen Complex.

He said the KE had violated the very basic agreement under which it was privatised. He claimed that in 2005, the consumers of the KE had been 1.8 million, whereas in 2024, the consumer base of the company had increased to 3.4 million, but ironically, the power production by the company decreased by 19 per cent during this period.

The KE also did not improve its transmission or any other function but was enjoying subsidiaries, he said.

The JI leader said the people of Karachi would not tolerate any further burden of Rs18 per unit in the name of fuel adjustment charges.

The Pakistan Peoples Party government in Sindh should keep its promise and waive off the electricity bills of up to 300 units, Zafar said. He announced that the JI would soon issue a white paper, highlighting wrongdoings on part of the KE.