FATA load-shedding: CJ seeks responses

Senator Rehman had registered a complaint through the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.


Our Correspondent July 23, 2013
Senator Rehman had registered a complaint through the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD:


Chief Justice Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry on Monday took notice of the 22-hour load-shedding per day in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The chief justice sought replies from the managing director of National Transmission and Dispatch Company and will hear the case along with the ongoing case on energy crisis, upon the request of Fata Senator Hilalur Rehman.


Senator Rehman had registered a complaint through the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In his application, the Fata senator said that as a resident of Mohmand Agency, and during the ongoing month of Ramzan, residents of his area had to face acute load shedding of up to 18-20 hours every day. He also said that the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) was not supplying the region’s due share of electricity.

“The Tribal Electricity Supply Company (Tesco) represents Fata, and National Power Construction Corporation (NPCC) distributes electricity through both Tesco and Pesco,” the application stated, adding that Pesco received 15% electricity from the NPCC and Fata’s share in it was just 3%. According to the complainant, even if the 3% electricity allocated to Fata is provided justly, the region wouldn’t have to face the brunt of load shedding.

“Tesco’s quota is 307 megawatts, but we are getting less than 160 megawatts only for Fata,” the complainant said, requesting the SC to direct PESCO authorities to normalise Fata’s electric supply.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2013.

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Pir Riaz | 7 years ago | Reply

My Dear Pashtoons, this problem has no solution until we get full and complete freedom from Punjabi imperialists and Punjabi dictators. You are asking for electricity and your rights but they have no plan and no intentions to satisfy your demands. If you will leave it on them they would have long ago destroyed you as a nation here and up there on the other side of the border. No body can get their rights until they snatch it and that is the only formula which can make the things done and specially with Punjabies because they have no resources of energy. They are using ours and Baluch energy to solve their economical problems. To control our electricity resources and gas for both these energies the control stations are situated in Lahore and Multan. If we want its real price and if we want that both these energies should be in our control and on our disposal we need to make very concrete,practical and serious political decisions on the basis of that experience we have learn from Punjabi Army and Punjabi exploiters. No body can stop us from that but we should be determined and decisive to achieve these goals and targets. the right of self determination and the right of freedom and Independence.

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