KARACHI – As Sindh Assembly passed a resolution to protest hours long power outages in the province, the state minister of power and water Abid She Ali maintained that Sindh government was defaulter of as many as Rs 56 billion in terms of outstanding payments.
On Tuesday, the Sindh Assembly adopted a resolution demanding to immediately take action against the prolonged power outages by the federal government.
The leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Nisar Khoro said on the occasion that for past many days, people of Sindh were being ‘abused’ by the state minister Abid Sher Ali.
Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Faisal Sabzwari maintained that Sindh produced the 71 per cent of country’s natural gas, so should we stop the gas supply in retaliation?
Simultaneously, in Islamabad, Abid Sher Ali held a press conference and revealed that government of Sindh is Rs 56 billion defaulter of different electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs).
“Sindh government had disowned 5,000 electricity connections. We had cut those 5,000 along with other defaulters as well,” said Abid Sher Ali.
Commenting on the yesterday’s attack by the local residents of Sukkur at Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO)’s office, Abid Sher Ali said “What kind of people are they? There is 91 per cent electricity theft in the area. Only 70 out of 998 consumers pay bill. Do they deserve to be given the facility? We are very clear in this. We will not repair any grid station destroyed by the protesters. Provincial governments would be responsible for the destruction.”
Yesterday, the local residents attacked the office of SEPCO and pelted stones. Protesters broke the window glasses and also destroyed one motor bike. Details also confirmed that at least three Sindh Rangers soldiers were injured after being attacked by batons by the protesters.
Moreover, one of the protesters got injured reportedly receiving a bullet in his leg after local police tried to disperse the attackers. Later, the protesters shifted their mass to a nearby market.
Some of the protesters maintain that they had been receiving excessive bills from SEPCO and their financial condition did not allow them to pay the dues.