Top court asks authorities to reduce petroleum prices, loadshedding

Published: December 10, 2013
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SC says nine percent tax on CNG is excessive, unlawful. PHOTO: FILE

SC says nine percent tax on CNG is excessive, unlawful. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced its verdict in the load-shedding and petroleum prices case and ordered the relevant authorities to reduce power outages and petroleum tariff, Express News reported.

The decision was made by a three-member bench in Islamabad.

While announcing the verdict, the court stated that the National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) and Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) should install smart meters for their customers. It also said that Nepra was not playing its role in ensuring low prices for consumers.

The bench further said that loadshedding should be reduced in residential, commercial and agricultural sectors.

The court also ordered that subsidies on petroleum products should not be removed and that their prices should be determined based on the rates in world market.

Additionally, the court declared the collection of 9% tax on compressed natural gas (CNG) unlawful.

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  • AliKuliKhan
    Dec 10, 2013 - 11:19AM

    I wish the country could be run through court orders. This leaves no space for the government to collect revenue. This leads to the need for educating the judges on how the market forces work. The army officers and government officials are sent on overseas courses. Why not the judges. That will help the judges develop their intellect.

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  • John
    Dec 10, 2013 - 11:26AM

    Looking at the recent SC judgements there seems to have been no change in Federal Govt and its policies.

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  • Lolz
    Dec 10, 2013 - 1:08PM

    @AliKuliKhan: No space for the Government to collect revenues… Come on! These decisions should have been taken by the political parties and not the judges, I agree with you on this point. But who would represent the oppressed citizens of this society who live below poverty lines? All the policies and structures protect a specific class and reinforce the capitalist mindset of some business tycoons. I think we all need to raise voice if we don’t like judges taking such decisions. But as you know, these rulers would never let us speak out as that would threaten their throne.

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  • logic
    Dec 10, 2013 - 1:27PM

    A person soon to be retired is shouldering so many additional responsibilities like Law minister, finance minister, Mohtasib, Chairman NAB, IG police……………. I wonder how this country will function in the period ensuing from day after tomorrow ……………..

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  • Hamaad Haider
    Dec 10, 2013 - 1:51PM

    A clear breach of the separation of powers. The judiciary is not competent to determine the tariff or the power outages, which are to be determined on principles of economics, on the Parliament floor. If there has been procedural impropriety or illegality in the acts of the Parliament then the Court can step in. Institutions of the state (Legislature, Judiciary and Executive) should stick to their roles.

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  • Tight Patloon
    Dec 10, 2013 - 1:55PM

    Why dosent the Supreme Court issue order to shoot down drones?
    Then, government has to do it or face suspension by the top court.

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  • wowemkay
    Dec 10, 2013 - 7:13PM

    MashaAllah, His Most Enlightened Highness, light of the World Prisms, Saviour of every little ant and termite, Forgotten by the Nobel committee for the obvious brilliance in Economics,Medicine, Peace, vaghaira vaghaira…will be gone tomorrow. Many idaaras should declare a holiday in celebration and then actually resume their duties which the gent has been carrying out with such wikd abandon!

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  • unbelievable
    Dec 10, 2013 - 8:26PM

    At some point in time the govt is going to have to tell the SC that it has no authority to make day to day operating decisions – should have happened a LONG LONG time ago.Recommend

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