Karachi (April 21, 2018): Jamaat-e-Islami and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) staged sit-ins against K-Electric and the federal government over prolonged power outages in Karachi on Friday.
Jamaat-e-Islami organised a protest over prolonged power cuts outside the Karachi Press Club on Friday, which was attended by a large number of citizens troubled by weeks-long outages, while PSP activists staged a sit-in outside K-Electric head office near Punjab Chowrangi.
Addressing the protesters, JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman announced a shutter-down strike in protest against K-Electric on April 27.
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He said that load-shedding was an issue of 25 million people of the city and urged the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of it. The JI Karachi chief also criticised Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) saying that the ones who sold the K-Electric were staging protest against it today.Jamaat-e-Islami had previously announced a protest demonstration on the issue outside the CM House, however, the venue for the sit-in was changed following a meeting between JI leaders and CM Murad Ali Shah.
Earlier in the day, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah said the recent tussle between K-Electric and Sui Southern Gas Company has only resulted in Karachi’s citizens receiving the short end of the stick.Shah said that if the federal government cannot provide electricity to Karachi populace, then it should hand KE over to the provincial government.