LAHORE: The federal government has given special powers to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday to take legal action against those stealing electricity.
Sources confirmed that the move was initiated in accordance with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's directives and that Section 39A of the Electricity Act has been added to FIA's list of offences as a result.
Provincial task forces have have also been set up to keep a check on electricity theft. They have been constituted in all four FIA zonal offices in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
Deputy Director FIA Immigration Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore was nominated as the head of the provincial task force, while acting Deputy Director FIA Anti-Trafficking Unit Lahore was appointed as a senior member.
The country head of anti-electricity theft unit Hussain Asghar assigned the FIA Punjab task force to initiate inquiry against CEO Gujranwala Electricity Power Company (GEPCO) Mehboob Alam, accused of corrupt practices and electricity theft.
Under the new powers given to FIA, electricity theft cases can be registered in respective FIA anti-corruption police stations.
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