Karachi (May 30, 2017): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan has demanded off state minister Abid Sher Ali and water and power minister Khawaja Asif to tender their resignations over inefficient policies and failure to end power outages in Ramazan.
While addressing a press conference in MQM Pakistan’s makeshift headquarters in Bahadurabad, Faisal Sabzwari and opposition leader in provincial assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan criticised K-Electric and the federal government over power crisis in Karachi.
Sabzwari said that it has nearly become impossible for the locals to fast as there is no power, neither at Sahoor nor at Iftaar, let alone the rest of the day.
Khawaja Izharul Hassan claimed that employees of K-Electric have put their afterlife in jeopardy over irking people in the month of Ramazan.
The two leaders of MQM Pakistan criticised the two ministers by saying that air conditioned and chilled rooms could not be the place of effective decisions for the masses in soaring temperatures.
On the other hand, Protesters in Karachi set tyres ablaze on Tuesday after power cuts disrupted another Sehri during the holy month of Ramazan, police said, a day after two protesters were shot dead in Peshawar during a similar protest.
Protests erupted on Tuesday in Karachi after electricity was cut during the pre-dawn feast. Some protesters tried to attack and set fire to an office of the K-Electric (KE), said police officer Khadim Ali.
A transmission line had tripped due to high humidity, KE claimed, adding that the load shedding would persist for two to three weeks more. It is now back to eight to 10 hours a day in some parts of Karachi.
PM Sharif called an emergency meeting of a cabinet energy panel on Tuesday to discuss the power outages. In a statement, the prime minister’s office said the meeting focused on “urgent measures” to reduce power cuts during Ramazan, which coincides this year with summer temperatures forecast in some regions at around 40 degrees Celsius.