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.