K-E directed to submit report on steps to curb load-shedding

Published: July 23, 2018


KARACHI: The Supreme Court ordered the K-Electric (K-E) administration to submit every two months a report on the steps taken to end unannounced load-shedding.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the case at the SC’s Karachi Registry on Sunday.

After the K-E presented its report on load-shedding, the CJP inquired what steps were taken to end load-shedding.

On this, the K-E lawyer replied that areas of high losses were being converted to low loss areas.

Justice Nisar ordered the power utility company to submit a report every two months, detailing the steps taken to end load-shedding.

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Meanwhile, the hearing was adjourned for a case relating to the illegal transplantation of human organs till the second week of August due to the absence of the lawyer.

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The CJP remarked that they wanted the report by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation’s Dr Adib Rizvi and other committee members to be made part of the order. Dr Rizvi said a legal draft to prevent illegal transplantation has been prepared. Legal recommendations were also ready, he said. The committee presented the legal recommendations in the court.

Dr Rizvi said that lawyer Munir A Malik wanted to give more arguments but was not available. On this, the CJP remarked that the bench wanted the report by Dr Rizvi and other committee members to be part of the order and that Malik should be present in court at the time of the order.

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The hearing on a petition involving non-payment of salaries to government officers working in the education department was also adjourned till Thursday.

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Officers in the education department maintained that their salaries were suspended despite them being on duty since 2012.

The CJP commented that the court would not show any restraint while ensuring rule of law for two sectors, health and education.
The petitioners complained that they had been treated badly and baton-charged outside court.

“My apologies to you even though I do not know who assaulted you,” the CJP remarked.

The court adjourned the hearing till Thursday.

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