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Second Major Power Breakdown Enrages Karachiites

Karachi (May 30, 2017): Second major power break down within three days enraged people and compelled them to took to the streets in protest against the failure of government’s huge claims about no load shedding during Sahar and Iftar.

Karachi once again plunged into darkness tonight as extra high tension line tripped and people have to eat their third ‘Sehri’ in darkness. People have to go through much agony as ill-maintained transmission and distribution system of K-Electric cannot meet the requirement of the city.

Power breakdown hit Clifton, Defence , Baloch Colony, Korangi, Korangi Industrial area, Landhi, Liaquatabad, Ancholi, Orangi Town, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony and other areas of the metropolis Karachi. People hold protest rallies and block roads in deferent areas of the city.

Earlier, 70 percent of Karachi plunged into darkness in the wee hours of first Ramazan and people had to take their meals in darkness.

The K-Electric spokesperson said that the breakdown occurred because of the tripping of extra-high tension wire, which disrupted the supply in ‘some parts’ of the city. The affected localities were identified as PECHS, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Nazimabad. The official said that efforts were under way to restore the supply.

Yesterday Huge protest against long and unscheduled load shedding 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).

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

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.

On Monday PM showed his anger too and asked the authorities for “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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