Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA from PK-6 Fazal Elahi said they will protest against the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) on May 14, clad in burial shrouds.
Addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, he claimed he has a record of Hayatabad Industrial Estate units which Pesco officials have provided electricity to after accepting bribes.
“There are units that have defaulted Rs2 million to Rs3 million each,” said Elahi, who is also the adviser to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister on environment.
Elahi also took potshots at Federal Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali.
The big names of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz are industrialists and are denying power to K-P, Balochistan and Sindh in order to keep their factories running, he alleged.
“If there is power theft in my area, why is Pesco not giving us power meters for which I have been running from pillar to post for the past one year?” questioned Elahi. He asked television channels to arrange a face-off between him and those who were responsible for disconnecting the power supply, so the public can know the truth.
Elahi said he met elders and political leaders from his constituency on Tuesday to discuss the issue of power outages, and they all have decided to hold the protest on May 14. He added other political parties also took part in the meeting and together they will hold a sit-in outside Wapda House in Peshawar till the time their demands are met and power outages are stopped.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2014.
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