Power outages spark protests across Pakistan’s Sindh

Our Correspondent
Filed on July 28, 2014

Power outages sparked protests and sit-ins on Sunday in several areas of Sindh, DawnNews reported.

Many cities including Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana and Jacobabad are facing power cuts of up to 18 hours for the last many days against which the citizens staged protests in several areas.

Holding the Karachi electric company (K-Electric) responsible for prolonged power outages in Karachi, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also staged a protest in Karachi.

Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said a massive power breakdown in Karachi on Friday not only hampered industrial production in the port city but it also caused immense inconvenience to citizens in the process.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad directed the K-Electric, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and Water Board to ensure regular electricity and water supply to the people of Sindh.

Friday’s power breakdown across Karachi as well as in several parts of Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other districts of the southern province had occurred reportedly due to the tripping of production units in the National Grid Line.

The breakdown had come at a time when exporters were busy in meeting shipment deadlines ahead of Eid Al Fitr holidays.

Earlier, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s coordination committee had also condemned the power outage, saying it was imperative that both cities had uninterrupted supply of electricity.

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