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Unannounced Load Shedding: SHC Summons K-Electric officials on May 29

Karachi (May 24, 2017): Sindh High Court has summoned the top officials of the captive power generator and distributor to the most populated and economic engine of the country- Karachi- on May 29 in the case pertaining to extensive unannounced power load shedding.

Expressing anger at the massive, frequent, and longish unannounced power load shedding the court said that K-Electric should tell it what measures it has taken to check the power outages.

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The court not sit over the unannounced power load shedding by the K-Electric, an angry court said.

Meanwhile, arguing his case against the power entity Faisal Siddiqui advocate told the court that NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) had directed the K-Electric to refrain from load shedding. Power load shedding in Karachi has scaled every height and the people are facing tremendous problems and difficulties because of it, he added.

When Faisal  informed the court that much time has already elapsed since the filing of the petition after the deadly heat wave the Justice Irfan Saadat Khan said that hundreds of people were killed by power load shedding then.

Is K-Electric still waiting for the people to die, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan. Couldn’y NEPRA and K-Electric put the Jin of load shedding in the bottle, he asked.

When K-Electric’s counsel attributed falling down of electric poles in Jamshoro plus shortage of natural gas fuel for power load shedding and also said that Sindh government too is protesting against the gas load shedding Faisal rebutted that is resorting to inequitable load shedding which is particularly more frequent and longish in poor and suburban areas of the city.

At this point in time when Faisal asked the court to issue order laws and regulations related to power load shedding as per NEPRA laws K-Electric’s counsel plead the court to stop the order over the power load shedding from appearing in the media. The E-Electric counsel confessed that his client is facing over 600 megawatt shortfall.

Advocate General Sindh Zamir Ghumro will complete his arguments today.

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