Karachi remains hostage to power outages as JI wants heads to roll

By: News Desk      Published: 12:12 PM, 16 Jul, 2020
Karachi remains hostage to power outages as JI wants heads to roll
Traders use plastic hand fans to cool themselves during a power cut at their shop in Karachi.–AFP

It seems there is no one to rescue the millions of Karachiites as the K-Electric – the sole power generation and distribution entity to cover the port city and adjoining areas – is not ready to fix the affairs with the federal government limited to issuing statements, levelling allegations and extending promises only.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, the people are facing hours-long power outages amid unbearably hot and humid weather while also have to cope with overbilling. And this fact has now been admitted the K-Electric at the highest level.

As the country’s financial and industrial hub is experiencing this chaotic situation with no end in sight, the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has now called for the resignation of Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail.

One of the most interesting parts is the protest staged by the ruling party members who have no idea that they are in the government.

The claims and assurances made by the government members and the protest by the citizens are of no use as the promise to end unannounced loadshedding by Asad and other government members remains unfulfilled.

As of Thursday, the areas like Ibrahim Haideri, Qayyumabad, Korangi and Landhi are experiencing loadshedding for eight hours while the localities along the coast face it for 12 hours a day. Meanwhile, there are many other neighbourhoods where up to 10 hours of outages are being carried out.

Meanwhile, the K-Electric certainly has a dual face and policy – one for marketing and other representing the actual performance. Its mobile app lists several areas as loadshedding-free but the mobile phone messages sent to the consumers in these localities are informing them about power outages.

But it is not just loadshedding as the issues like technical faults, snapped cables and out-of-order PMTs are also common.

Obviously, citizens are angry and saying that the promise made by Asad and Imran wasn’t materialised. And their frustration is multiplied by the fact that K-Electric is sending them bills with the exaggerated payable amount. Neither the federal government nor any agency is ready to address our problem, the people of Karachi said.

With the worsening state of affairs, the utility can’t escape the responsibility or hide its performance. That’s why K-Electric CEO Moonis Alvi had to acknowledge that overbilling is a genuine issue. But the reason he cites is unacceptable. According to Alvi, the reason for overbilling is the inability to conduct meter reading amid lockdown.

Talking to 24NewsHD, the JI Karachi chief, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, demanded the immediate resignation of Asad and Imran while also announcing that they would stage protest and sit-ins over the loadshedding crisis.

On the other hand, Aamir Liaquat Hussain – one of ruling party’s National Assembly members elected from Karachi – in a tweet said that he would submit his resignation to Prime Minister Imran Khan over the issue. “I confess that I am a helpless MNA of Karachi,” he remarked.

PM, his frontmen protecting K-Electric corruption: Bilawal

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his frontmen are protecting K-Electric corruption.

In a tweet, the PPP leader said PTI has no answer to any question raised about corruption in the press conference.

Day3, PTI has no answer to any question raised about corruPTIon. IK & his ministers front men involved in KP BRT corruPTIon. IK & his frontmen role in protecting k-electric corruPTIon, no answer to FIA report. IKís sisters corruPTIon. Ministers CorruPTIon.

Imran Khan and his front men are involved in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) bus rapid transit (BRT) corruption, he alleged.