PTI workers protesting against power outages in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers led by the party’s MNA Ayesha Gulalai Wazir, on Wednesday, registered a protest in front of the WAPDA house against electricity load shedding and overbilling in the province.
Score of PTI workers gathered at WAPDA house in Peshawar and chanted slogans against federal government for failure overcome energy crisis despite tall claims.
The WAPDA house management closed its gates, however, PTI workers continued to build a stage in front of the PESCO Headquarters in WAPDA house as some kicked WAPDA house’s gates and forcefully opened its doors.
Speaking on the occasion PTI MNA Ayesha Gulalai said that the federal government receives taxes from the citizens but does not provide basic facilities in return.
She further alleged that PESCO is run as per the directives of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Amir Muqam and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam president Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman “The protest shall continue till unannounced load-shedding ends,” Gulalai said.
PESCO spokesperson said that the province has not been subjected to any unscheduled or unannounced load shedding. “Seventy percent of the protestors belong to high-loss areas,” he said.
A maximum of eighty percent loss due to electricity theft has been recorded in Gulalai’s area Jhandokhel, the PESCO spokesperson added.
He further stated that 18-hours of load shedding is only effective in areas that have seventy to hundred percent electricity loss, and said that if these areas agree to the installation of billing meters, load shedding hours can be reduced in this area.

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