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People are in agony, License of the K-Electric should be suspended – SHC

KARACHI: Expressing dismay over K-Electric and its lawyers, the Sindh High Court (SHC) directed the power utility’s management on Friday to end load shedding and remove illegal connections from across the city.

The directives were given by a two-member bench of the SHC, comprising Justice Khadim Hussain M Shaikh and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan, on a petition against unannounced load shedding in exempted areas and illegal electricity connections.

Justice Shaikh observed that everyone in Karachi was complaining about the power utility. “In such a situation, KE’s license should be suspended,” he stated. The judge further observed that the lives of Karachi’s people have been rendered miserable by the power utility, adding the people have been inconvenienced by illegal connections and unannounced power outages.

To this, KE’s lawyer responded that many areas had been cleared of illegal connections, whereas new wires had also been installed.

However, Justice Shaikh remarked that the connections still existed, as did the menace of unannounced load shedding.

On July 17, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal ordered, while taking notice of media reports and public complaints against the K-Electric, an inquiry against the power utility for flouting the agreement with the Government of Pakistan.

He directed NAB Karachi to investigate reasons for unscheduled load shedding, over billing and violation of agreement. The agreement bound the K-Electric to invest in modernizing the electricity generation and transmission system but it had failed to honor the agreement.

The chairman directed NAB Karachi to obtain the copies of agreement, relevant documents and details of the volume of investments promised in the agreement and complete the inquiry within three months so that those responsible could be tried.

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