Enraged by load-shedding: PTI threatens civil disobedience

Published: July 31, 2012
“PTI will start its demonstrations from August 1 in the Swabi district,” Qaiser told media personnel, flanked by other party leaders.

“PTI will start its demonstrations from August 1 in the Swabi district,” Qaiser told media personnel, flanked by other party leaders.


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday threatened to initiate a civil disobedience movement if power outages continued.

Addressing a press conference, former PTI Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chapter president Asad Qaisar said that the government had failed to deal with the country’s energy crisis over the past five years.

“PTI will start its demonstrations from August 1 in the Swabi district,” Qaiser told media personnel, flanked by other party leaders.

Criticising the provincial government led by the Awami National Party (ANP), he said that K-P was able to produce up to 75,000MW of electricity. He said that this power was lost since the provincial government was involved in corruption and failed to produce a single megawatt of electricity.

Qaiser said it was reprehensible that the government had continued unscheduled load-shedding even in the holy month of Ramazan and that those protesting against the outages had criminal cases registered against them.  Speaking at the press conference, PTI leader Zafar Khattak said that the ANP media briefing that took place earlier was trying to deceive people. He criticised the ruling party saying they just wanted to cash in on public sentiments by announcing that they fully supported the protests against power outages.

Earlier, ANP stalwart Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said that they may have to resort to protests if the central powers in charge of power rationing did not heed the concerns of K-P. Bilour and others want the provision of power to the province be handed to regional power entities. “Through a scheme introduced in 1955 we have been deprived of all of our resources,” he said, adding that the control over power issues had been handed to authorities in Lahore.

When questioned if he would resign from government over this issue, Bilour did not directly respond.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Akif Khan
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:28AM

    Good going Qaiser Khan. PTI is now the only hope.


  • Bloom
    Jul 31, 2012 - 10:59AM

    you are already doing civil disobediance man


  • Rizwan
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:36AM

    That is what the general public demands we are with you PTI


  • Shaheer Malik
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:42AM

    PTI is only made announcement but in practically doing nothing. Go ahead we are with you.


  • haroon ali
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:43AM

    PTI is a party of change, but I don’t have much expectations from many of it’s local level leaders like Asad Qaiser. There is not a single impressive thing about him. PTI should look more for people like Asad Umer, Arif Alvi, Jehangir Tareen etc. These are the type of people that differentiate PTI from any other party.


  • concerned citizen
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Please do it already! We’re with you!


  • Sabir
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Imran Khan has generators at his residence.


  • Sane Voice
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:36PM

    So…………after public outcry in punjab and KPK……………..PTI wakes up to encash on the sentiments………..although quite late. Loadshedding has been going on since 2008.


  • Arshad
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:37PM

    PTI can not do civil disobediance ….


  • Mohammad
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:41PM

    do something productive.. civil obedience can not bring you the electricity


  • John
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Actions speak louder than words!


  • Naveed Javed
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Anything new in the Basket?


  • Iram
    Jul 31, 2012 - 12:58PM

    @haroon ali: You forgot to mention Waleed Iqbal (grandson of Allama Iqbal)


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 31, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Tsunami civil disobedience. Did he get permission from IK?


  • Zafar
    Jul 31, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Pakistan is at the verge of disaster due to severe energy crisis. The ruling coilation can be held responsible for it. They are not going to resolve this national survival issue because of their core agenda – – – damage Punjab at the cost of Pakistan. Otherwise all understand that energy problem will only be solved when we shall decide to build a DAM at the site of Kala Bagh. This will give us Electricity and Water which are life line for all of us. Can PTI dares to accept this challenge?


  • Was a Pakistani
    Jul 31, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Why threaten? Do it…. Civil disobedience will have same fate as the lection in multan… The PTI leaders first need o align themselves and stop fighting… Oe wonders when the party elections are gong to happen…. It was supposed. Be o and dusted


  • shoaib hassan
    Jul 31, 2012 - 5:21PM

    I will onlu vote for pti along with many i know only when i see them taking credible action against critical issues like power outages. Just talks are not going to get your party any votes. civil disobedience or shutter down strike now.


  • elcay
    Jul 31, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Lack of energy primarily to light and to cook is intentional. The PPP stratigists have planned to bring people(not masses)on the streets. Allow them to a bit of damage and then declare that the situation is not ripe for general elections.

    Lawyers and other experts start looking for a loop hole in the constititution that says the current parliament can not be extended beyond its expiry date and that it can not elect a President.Recommend

  • Aslam
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Tsunmai march will never come out.


  • Pakistani
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Oh no not again.. these are just threats/words/statements without action..


  • Tariq
    Jul 31, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Words for the illiterate mean nothing, there will be no action. No point shouting slogans.
    It is clear there is more demand than can be supplied by corrupt Pakistani government.
    The answer lies in generating your own power through solar cells & heat pumps, unfortunately only the wealthy can do this but if they did, domestic demand would fall leaving the poor & less well off with more power and less load shedding. Pakistan has sun power in abundance, time to use it.


  • Tariq
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:16PM

    If the wealthy also instalkled solar cells, there will excess electricity which can be sold to the
    electrical grid providers or neighbours.


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