'Power to my house was cut but not of PM House, Parliament who owe bills worth Rs19m'

Published: October 15, 2014
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PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman has claimed that power to his house was cut for not paying the power bill for a month, but Parliament and the PM House, who  owe millions of rupees worth of bills, continue to get power.

Addressing his supporters at D-Chowk on Wednesday evening, Imran quoted a PEPCO report which said that his power connection was cut on a seven-day notice but the same wasn’t true for others who did not pay their power bills.

“PEPCO report says Parliament House owes Rs12.6 million, while the PM House has to pay Rs6.5 million,” claimed the PTI chairman. He added that the Presidency owes Rs10.8 in power bills.

He criticised Nawaz Sharif for adopting a lavish lifestyle in the PM House while the poor in the country were dying of hunger. He said that exporters were unable to capitalise on GSP plus because of inadequate power supply.

“Don’t you feel the pain of Pakistanis, Mian sahib,” he said.

Imran added even PEPCO owed Rs556 billion to the government, as it had to collect Rs384 billion from ‘influential men’ who were not paying their bills.

“Yet, no one dares to cut their connection,” claimed Imran.

Explaining the reason behind burning their power bills, Imran said that the masses were paying for power theft by the influential and the rich.

The PTI leader also hurled barbs at former president Asif Zardari, saying that he was making millions, without any known source of income.

“He’s amassing a lot of wealth but no one knows his source of income,” he said. “Why don’t you lecture the youth on how to make money, without working?

Response to HRCP

Responding to statements by the HRCP that sit-ins in the country had diverted attention away from other more important issues, Imran said he and his party were aware of human rights, and in fact the sit-in was empowering and instilling a sense of awareness among the people.

“What is your agenda,” he said while referring to the rights organisation. “What have you done for the Pakistani citizens, and what is your source of income.”

He said he knew how to raise the 110 million Pakistanis from poverty, and did not want anyone to ‘teach’ him and his party about human rights.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Rubab
    Oct 16, 2014 - 12:36AM

    Khan Sb dont use generators cause tax is levied on the diesel used in it. Good job for disconnecting this defaulters electricity.Recommend

  • Naz
    Oct 16, 2014 - 12:42AM

    Thats what you deserve Mr. Civil Disobedient. You are a joke people tell at gatherings.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Oct 16, 2014 - 12:42AM

    Looks like Mr. Khan was never taught that two wrongs don’t make a right when he tries to argue that others have their lights on despite non payment of bills.
    Also when he accuses NS of lavish life style, has anyone reminded him that his own life style is no less? And the public too is unaware of where Mr. Khan gets his money.

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  • Zeeba
    Oct 16, 2014 - 12:44AM

    Good job IESCO, IJ now dont use generators that would be cheating.

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  • Blithe
    Oct 16, 2014 - 3:24AM

    Ro Imran ro!

    They weren’t burning their bills ; you were .

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  • Oct 17, 2014 - 12:43AM

    Is Imran Khan officially “simple” or just being disingenuous? The PM and parliament houses, or any other government institution for that matter, may have their disputes and delinquencies with power companies. That’s no one’s personal responsibility; institutions dispute claims or litigate over liabilities all the time. A citizen’s case is entirely different. He or she still has to pay his or her personal bills. There’s no running away from that.

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