Former FM Hina Rabbani to serve defamation notice to Fawad

Information minister on Tuesday alleged that Khar’s Galaxy Textile Mills was a defaulter of Rs20.70 million

News Desk April 10, 2019
The information minister on Tuesday said that Ms Khar’s Galaxy Textile Mills was a defaulter of Rs 20.70 million. PHOTO: FILE

Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday that she was serving a defamation notice to Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry.

"I am serving a defamation notice to the Honourable Minister for Information," said Rabbani in a tweet. She added that in her 16 yrs of politics, she has have always chosen to ignore slander and false allegations.

"But now it seems politics has now been reduced to name-calling, false accusations and character assassination."

The information minister on Tuesday alleged that Khar's Galaxy Textile Mills was a defaulter of Rs 20.70 million in electricity bills.

In a tweet, the minister asked the former foreign minister to pay the outstanding electricity bills of of the textile mills, "rather than squandering the money over paying lawyers’ fee."

The minister also shared Galaxy Textile Mills electricity bill payment according to which Hina had paid only Rs 55 million up to September 2013 out of a total dues of 70.246 million, and did not pay the remaining Rs 15.246 million and a mark up of Rs 11.773 million.

The commercial entity challenged the amount of markup and got a stay order from Lahore High Court with the plea that the markup was not the part of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Tariff. Last hearing was on January 17, 2019.

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The consumer’s connection was disconnected in November 2016 due to non-payment of his running bill of Rs 11.5 million (current bill of October and November 2016). At present, the consumer is a defaulter of Rs 27.019 million plus Rs 11.5 million is energized as per court order.

The textile mill is closed due to disconnection of electricity from FESCO and gas connection from SNGPL.

Only a 50 KVA transformer of a residential colony of Mill is functional as per court orders.

With additional input from APP


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