WAPDA installations attacked as loadshedding crosses 24 hours

Published: July 29, 2012

The angry mobs were dispersed by aerial firing by the police who also registered a case against them. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

SHABQADAR, CHARSADDA: Following more than 24 hours of loadshedding, infuriated mobs took to the streets and attacked WAPDA installations, burning its sub divisional office in Charsadda and attacking political party signboards, chanting anti-WAPDA slogans.

The angry mobs were dispersed by aerial firing by the police who also registered a case against them.

DCO Charsadda has summoned an emergency meeting of provincial assembly members and other political leaders as well as PESCO officials and law enforcement agencies.

Mohmand Agency faces loadshedding of up to 20 hours in Ghallanai and more than 48 hours in Safi Pandiali and Ambar, whereas Bajaur faces loadshedding of more than 24 hours, bringing people to the streets even in the deteriorated law and order situation.

Water shortage has also hit these areas due to loadshedding and people are buying water from other areas .

Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) staged demonstrations against loadshedding in Pandiali, Ekaghund and Mian Mandi.

Senator Hilal Rehman and Member National Assembly (MNA) Bilal Rehman also gaveWapda an ultimatum for resolving this crisis, adding that if it was not resolved, they would take to the roads and also raise the issue in parliament.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly state “PPP” instead of “PTI”. A correction has been made. 

Reader Comments (33)

  • Mr. Honest
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:09PM

    ANP and PPP protesting against load-shedding??? what a joke. Have they not been running the federal government for the last 4 years??? and they are protesting against Wapda??? what a joke.

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  • saeed
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) staged demonstrations against load shedding….Are they not in government..so against who they are protesting..poor people of Pakistan…Life is getting really tough for all of us..Democracy is the best revenge..

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  • Ahmad
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:17PM

    Dear PPP leaders:
    Thank you for pushing us into dark ages.. We really deserve it as we elected you blindly.

    Most faithfully,
    I remain, Your Kummee Voter

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  • Awans
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Ok now the correction is made. But can somebody elaborate me that PTI is staging demonstration with ANP and according to PTI the PMLN is a status quo party but PTI is simply blind as for them ANP is anti Status Quo party then while ANP is in the government as well ???… Or may be Ethnicity have more importance than ideology in my view for Imran Khan.

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  • Enlightened
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:51PM

    Had Mullahs waged jihad against electricity and oil shortages and lack of educational facilities in Pakistan, the country would have progressed beyond any doubt.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:54PM

    “Load shedding was implemented to save money. It also saves pollution. “

    “Load shedding is what electric utilities do when there is a huge demand for electricity that exceeds the generation available. The alternative is to have a brown-out where the voltage is reduced. “

    So, people and the state are saving money, there is no pollution and also there is no other alternative.

    There should be a permanent load-shedding in Pakistan!!

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jul 29, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @Ahmad:
    You sound like before PPP there was no loadshedding problem. Kindly don’t blame PPP for every ill in the country. EVERY body is to be blamed for this power shortage from army to pml n to mqm to religious parties.

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  • Jul 29, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Democracy is the best revenge!!!

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  • AS
    Jul 29, 2012 - 3:26PM

    The answer is to use the nuclear technology we know to build nuclear power plants! nuclear weapons were always a distraction the real knowledge is to use nuclear power to provide people with electricity and energy and other resources.

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  • Jul 29, 2012 - 4:49PM

    @Awans:
    ANP & PTI staged demonstrations “Separately” my dear PML-N geek. Looks like the ACs in your Social Media team offices in PBIT building Lahore are not working properly. :P

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  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 4:53PM

    Can we find some twisted way to blame this on the activism of the judiciary?

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  • Justin Truthful
    Jul 29, 2012 - 4:58PM

    @AS:
    Nuclear energy is fraught with danger and possibly disastrous consequences, as even most industrially and technologically advanced countries, experienced nuclear disasters. including, Japan (The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster March 2011), the United States (The Three Mile Island accident, partial nuclear meltdown, March 1979), and USSR (The Chernobyl disaster(Ukrainian: catastrophic nuclear accident, April 1986.)
    Instead, we should concentrate on hydroelectric power as we have many rivers and rapids to make electricity inexpensively and without pollution. But the Government lacks the will as it has itself given expensive contracts to independent rental power producers.

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  • Jul 29, 2012 - 5:00PM

    @Umar:
    Wait a minute. Mirza, Jibran, Uza Syed are cooking somthing up to blame Judiciary for this too.

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  • Awans
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @Tribal Insafian: Blaming others and calling them members of the party and harassing is the common thing for all PTI hmembers and i dont mind at all. You people even never spared Talat Hussain and Nusrat Javaid then who i am then. Also Only insane person could work for Sundays. Anyway Mr Tribal change your name to Democratic Insafian as Tribal days are gone now a days and now Only Democracy can thrive and some tribal insafians have to learn this.Recommend

  • Syed Shah
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:24PM

    No body seems to be serious at all. Generators are polluting the atmosphere and the environment forget about noise. The high ups sitting in their generator generated electricity don’t care less. They are not suffering. There are areas where electricity does not go too.

    The police is geared to serve the few and so are these services. If you are not one of the land lords, feudals or the very rich, the facilities are not for you Sir. Forget it. Go somewhere else. As Mr. Geelani had told BBC once why dont they go then? This is the level of apathy.

    We had a movement against Musharraf and were very happy about it. I would have said kudos if you had struggled to change the system and given people the power to rule not hand it over back to the land lords and the vested interests for free.

    There is not a single recorded protests against the land lords who are behind every thing bad in Pakistan. Lets have a movement against the status quo so that next time the parliament is not filled with land lords but the poor people of Pakistan.

    The solutions are there. If somebody wants to go for them When I have the solutions how come the government doesn’t?Recommend

  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:45PM

    @Tribal Insafian:

    True, so very true … It’s just that I had to go through the comments list a couple of times to check if one of them had not already placed the blame on the Judiciary. Maybe I am getting impatient.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:57PM

    @Tribal Insafian:
    in a public forum you should learn not to use offensive tone. I am surprise ET published your very rude comments to Awans.

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  • dr ajmal
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:19PM

    How difficult it is to malign a party, when there is nothing against it.Recommend

  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @sick of this nonsense:

    Which rude comment are you referring to?

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  • dr ajmal
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:23PM

    @et! What do u guys mean by more than 24 hours and more than 24 hours. 24 hours means all the time, then whats more than 24 hours? And more than 48 hours out of what?

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  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:35PM

    @dr ajmal:

    Did it say more than 24hr a day? it simply means that the load shedding lasted more than one whole day! is it that difficult to grasp?

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  • Tim
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Zardari will be stiing and enjoying..

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  • dr ajmal
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:38PM

    @umar! Sickof nonsense, is trying to defend ppp, got hard work so dnt mind him. Looks like he is sick of everything but the ppp’s good governance.

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  • dr ajmal
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:43PM

    @umar! Read the article again. Its not saying about one whole day. Its talking about daily load shedding and says eg A faces more than 24 hours, B faces more than 20 and C faces more than 48 hours. All three figures mentioned with diffrent places names.

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  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @dr ajmal:

    Your right, we should give credit where credit is due; It takes a lot of organizational skills to create such chaos in a country rich with all kinds of natural resources. Well done PPP; keep up the good work, Musharraf only conveyed the threat of taking Pakistan to the stone ages, PPP has delivered.

    Just a thought once we are in the stone ages, we could earn revenue through tourism; PIA could be re-branded as the time machine and western tourist could be lured to visit Pakistan for a field trip in the past.

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  • Zaikam
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @ dr ajmal: I second your comment. How can it be more than 24 hours? I don’t think the word load shedding is appropriate word to be used here. There is no light, simple as that. You just can’t say that there was 23 hours load shedding.

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  • Zaikam
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Tribal Insafian: @Umar:
    Wait a minute. Mirza, Jibran, Uza Syed are cooking somthing up to blame Judiciary for this too.

    Perhaps their venom stock pile is running low on levels. Otherwise they won’t waste an opportunity to spit it out against judiciary and anybody who comes across His Highness, Mr. Zardari.

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  • Umar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:21PM

    @dr ajmal: Can you not have load shedding/ Power outage for 48 hours? If you have a power outage monday morning and don’t get power back till wednesday morning, would that nor be load shedding for 48hrs? Just saying.

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  • FAN
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:32PM

    To make the fact straight,
    Loadshedding was the invention of
    Great General Zia ul Haq in late 70's.
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  • Peer Sain
    Jul 29, 2012 - 9:15PM

    @Syed Shah:
    Beautifully put. If the government want to serve it can but it wants to rule so what else is possible?

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 30, 2012 - 12:01AM

    @Tribal Insafian: Come on man, you and your primitive little ‘Tribal’ mind set and loyalty and sense of ‘Insaf’ —- go on and live your simple backward tribal life and leave us alone, we left that far behind us and moved far ahead of you poor children of fear and anxiety.

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  • Programmingdrone
    Jul 30, 2012 - 2:46AM

    No matter what, the current government in charge since 2008 should be blamed. Electing Zardari and Co was just like electing dacoits.

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  • Umar
    Jul 30, 2012 - 2:59AM

    @Programmingdrone:

    Comon, I have heard Dacoits have principles :-)

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