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Protest against Long Load Shedding Gripped Entire Country

Karachi/Peshawar (May 29, 2017): Huge protest against long and unscheduled load shedding has gripped the entire country leaving two people dead despite Minister for power and water’s so-called claims of no unannounced load shedding.

The industrial and economic hub of the country Karachi is worst hit by long load shedding that forced the people to stage protest across the city. The people in Malir took to the streets and accumulated at RCD ground, where Tyres were burnt and roads blocked.

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At Natha Khan Goth, residents of the area lost nerves and burnt tyres and blocked the roads that caused the traffic standstill and disrupt the routine life.

In other parts like Malir, Modal Colony, Landhi, Drig Road, Lyari, Kharadar, Garden, Gulshan Iqbal, Nazimabad Sarjani Town and several other areas of the port city were also severely affected by electricity breakdown.  The People are spending their nights on roads and compelled to have Sehri in dark.

On Sunday angry residents burned tyres in the roads in the sweltering port city of Karachi after a massive power outage in southern Pakistan.

Water distribution — already unreliable in the megacity of some 25 million people — is reliant on the electricity supply, leaving thousands unable to drink, cook or wash ahead of the first day of fasting.

Authorities said the power outage extended to more than a dozen districts in the southern province of Sindh of which Karachi is the capital, where temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

A big protest demo, organized by Jamaat-e-Islami,  being held in Peshawar against long unannounced load shedding as protesters chanting slogans against the government. The protesters have reached near Muhammad Zai Grid Station, however heavy police contingency has also been deployed at Grid Station to cope any untoward incident.

Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad  and other cities of Punjab are also facing 12 to 14 hours of load shedding that has made the life of common man really miserable and disrupted people’s Sehr-e-Aftar amid governments’ claimed of no load shedding during Sehr-e-Aftar.

Youth killed in Malakand Power Protest; Wapda Office Set on Fire

Earlier in the morning a youth was killed and two other injured, when a protest against load shedding in Dargay Tehsil of Malakand district on Monday turned violent and protesters set Wapda office and Levies police station on fire.

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Violent protests erupted in different parts of Khyber Paktunkhwa on Monday as crippling electricity cuts left hundreds of thousands of people without power in soaring temperatures during the first two days of the holy fasting month of Ramzan.

At least one person was killed and eight wounded in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after police opened fire on hundreds of people protesting at the cuts by trying to set a power station ablaze, officials said.

Protesters later blocked a main highway linking Malakand and the Swat valley to the rest of the country, Shah added, saying that authorities are negotiating with local leaders to defuse the demonstrations.

In the provincial capital Peshawar some 800 protesters took over two power stations, demanding government employees continue the electricity supply without interruption.Residents in Peshawar said they face cuts for six to eight hours a day, while rural areas can receive electricity for as little as three to four hours a day.

Perturbed by prolonged and unannounced load shedding people of Dargay area took to street to stage protest against Peshawar Electric Power Supply Company (Pesco).

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On the other hand minister for power and water Khawaja Asif claimed there was no announced load shedding in whole country and efforts being made to diminish load shedding duration.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to solve the crisis by 2018, when elections must be held.

On Monday he said that “minimum load-shedding” should be carried out during Ramzan, during which millions of devout Pakistanis abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

Temperatures in Pakistan touched near-record highs over the weekend.

Pakistan has for years been struggling to provide enough power for its nearly 200 million citizens. Its chronic energy crisis sees daily power outages which are amplified in the summer heat.

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