Long power outages lead to countrywide protests
Citizens took to the streets to protest against unannounced load shedding of electricity in different cities of the country despite assurances from the government that there would be no electricity shortage during Eid-ul-Azha holidays, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.
Ministry of Power Division had announced that there would be no power load-shedding during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays across the country. The spokesperson of the power division said a monitoring centre has been set up in Islamabad to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity. “All power distribution companies have been directed to provide data of power demand and supply situation,” the spokesperson of the power division said.
In Karachi, unannounced power shut down continued for 8 to 10 hours amid Eid holidays and areas included Sarjani Town, Ghulhan-e-Iqbal, Shah Faisal Colony, Ittehad Town are facing electricity load shedding.
کراچی میں عید کے دنوں میں بھی بجلی کی غیر اعلانی لوڈشیڈنگ جاریPosted by 24 News HD on Sunday, 2 August 2020
Citizens of Mardan, Swabi, Peshawar and Orakzai staged a protest and closed highways and chanting slogans.
An unannounced load shedding of electricity has continued in the country while citizens’ suffered and later they staged protests against the government and Wapda.
Villagers besieged Wapda office against unannounced power outage in Pakpattan while Wapda vehicles were vandalized. However, Police arrived at the scene and controlled the situation.
Citizens of Mardan, Swabi, Peshawar and Orakzai staged a fierce protest and closed highways to all kinds of traffic. Protesters in Peshawar chanted slogans against Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) due to which traffic remained suspended causing severe inconvenience to passengers.
Tribal Orakzai area protested against Wapda for power outage while protesters also blocked Hangu Kohat main GT Road for all kinds of traffic.
The protest was led by Muhammad Nawaz, Maulana Javed, Malik Haji Amir Badshah, Subedar Maseed, the TV channel said.