Police asked to book PTI leader for ‘storming’ KP grid stations

News Desk
Friday, Jun 21, 2024

NOWSHERA: The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) has requested the district police and administration to lodge a first information report (FIR) against a leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for “forcibly restoring” electricity supply to different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Geo News reported on Thursday.

The development came after PTI leader Zulfiqar Khan allegedly stormed two grid stations of Pabbi and Taroja, with a group of his supporters and “coercively” restored the electricity supply to 17 feeders. “The incident has resulted in huge financial loss to the public exchequer,” the Pesco stated in its request.

Similar incidents of using force to restore power supply had also occurred in Mardan, Charsadda, Tank, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan), and Peshawar.

According to Geo News, Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur himself Wednesday reached a grid station, restoring power to some areas in DI Khan, and laid down his own power outage plan as the load-shedding row worsened in the KP with lawmakers allegedly raiding the power controlling facilities and abusing their authority.

On the occasion, CM Gandapur fixed the load-shedding duration at 12 hours. “No area will face load-shedding beyond 12 hours. Assembly members should visit grid stations in their respective areas to ensure compliance with the load-shedding schedule,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Gandapur had held a series of meetings last month with Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi and Energy Minister Awais Leghari on the issue and they reportedly agreed to resolve the matter amicably through negotiations.

Meanwhile, the Pesco provided details about the province-wide electricity feeders and the duration of load-shedding. The power utility said it had more than 1,300 feeders in KP and they were categorised for load-shedding as per line losses in the areas.

The Pesco spokesperson said load-shedding duration for urban areas was from four to six hours, while suburban areas were facing load-shedding up to 16 hours.The spokesperson said losses borne by the company were high because of electricity theft and non-payment of arrears. “It is inevitable to carry out more load management on feeders with high losses,” the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, PTI workers held a protest outside the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) office in Malakand against load-shedding following which negotiations were held between the protesters and Wapda officials. –News Desk