The hearing of a contempt of court application against the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and its managing director was adjourned till August 18 here by a division bench of the High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Tasnim.
The bench had earlier heard an application for an urgent hearing by petitioner Syed Muhammad Iqbal Kazmi of an NGO called the Human Rights Commission for South Asia but found no force in it.
The petitioner maintained that in September 2009, a petition on an identical subject was disposed of by the SHC, ordering KESC to first announce a load-shedding schedule. It was stated by the petitioner that according to KESC’s own admission, the shortage of electricity in Karachi is about 139MW only. Despite this small gap between supply and demand, KESC is resorting to 12-hour blackouts. The company is also carrying out load-sheddding at night.
On Thursday, when the contempt application came up for hearing, the petitioner submitted that even during sehar and iftar, load-shedding was taking place. KESC assured the court that there would be no load-shedding after midnight and it would be reduced in general once the supply of gas from SSGC improves.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2011.