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July 13, 2020

Value of life?

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July 13, 2020

Many optimistic Pakistanis like me are currently finding it exceedingly difficult to find the silver lining in the current situation of Karachi city. Almost a full year has elapsed since K-Electric was held responsible by Nepra for the deaths of twenty citizens in Karachi due to electrocution during monsoon rains. The current monsoon season has only begun, and four people have already lost their precious lives due to electrocution. The rage and anger of the residents of Karachi towards K-Electric is rapidly increasing but the governing body is paying no heed towards the public hue and cry. The management seems to be unstirred and it appears that they have forgotten the value of a human life.

No visible steps or precautionary measures have been taken by K-Electric to ensure the safety of residents of Karachi. Power points and other electricity installations regulated by K-Electric continue to remain neglected. It is the need of the hour that K-Electric dedicates a special section of its staff to address this issue. K-Electric’s inability to ensure uninterrupted power supply and the unjustified loadshedding is a different issue altogether, but it should at least take all possible steps to curtail such deaths. One can only hope and pray that K-Electric, as also the provincial and federal governments, will promptly address this issue before any further loss is suffered by the city.

Mujtaba Sohail Raja

Karachi