Bi­lawal ac­cuses govt of cre­at­ing power cri­sis

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

Qazi Sa­jid Ali Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Eye Bank So­ci­ety hosted a din­ner at his res­i­dence in hon­our of Collin Ross Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ever­sight In­ter­na­tional USA. Seen in the pic­ture are Dr Mehwish, Dr Ja­hanzeb Mughul, Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Kashif Fa­rooqui, Dr Qa­mar, So­hail Jaf­fery, Aftab Ah­mad and Qazi Yasir Ali KARACHI—PPP Chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari has ac­cused the fed­eral govern­ment of de­lib­er­ately cre­at­ing elec­tric­ity cri­sis to vic­tim­ize the peo­ple and di­vert their at­ten­tion from the Panama Leaks and other mis­deeds of the Sharif govern­ment in the whole coun­try, spe­cial in Sindh and its cap­i­tal city Karachi.

In a press state­ment is­sued here, the PPP Chair­man said that elec­tric­ity need of the coun­try was 23,700 megawatt while the to­tal power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity was 23,600 thus prac­ti­cally there was a mea­ger short­fall of just 100 megawatt.

“But the Fed­eral govern­ment and its elec­tric com­pa­nies were in­flicted an ar­ti­fi­cial short­fall of 7,000mw upon the peo­ple dur­ing the se­vere heat­wave the coun­try is un­der­go­ing nowa­days,” he added.

He said that Nawaz Sharif govern­ment paid hun­dreds of bil­lions ru­pees cir­cu­lar debt and, in some cases, the ex­tra pay­ments were made to the IPPs but still it was im­posed ar­ti­fi­cial load­shed­ding on the con­sumers to burn them in the scorch­ing heat.

Bi­lawal said that pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity is an state func­tion as per our con­sti­tu­tion and the world over it re­mains the same but the PML-N govern­ment was tar­get­ing the peo­ple with unan­nounced load-shed­ding and mock power break­downs, which should be ve­he­mently con­demned by ev­ery Pak­istani.

He fur­ther said that Sindh prov­ince was pro­duc­ing sur­plus elec­tric­ity but its length and breadth have been sub­jected to un­bear­able load­shed­ding by PML-N govern­ment.

He con­demned the at­ti­tude of KElec­tric, which means only mint­ing money and fleec­ing the peo­ple of Karachi with­out sup­ply­ing elec­tric­ity. “K-Elec­tric has ca­pac­ity 1,800mw and 1,000mw sup­ply from other re­sources in­clud­ing IPPs and WAPDA.

But it gen­er­ates only 400mw through gas-fired power plants and has prac­ti­cally shut down its Fur­nance Oil power plants to save bil­lions of ru­pees in prof­its while Kara­chittes burn un­der fire-spit­ting son,” he added. photo

A health worker ad­min­is­ters Po­lio vac­ci­na­tion to a child dur­ing a three-day vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign.—PO

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