JI demands withdrawal of 30pc raise in KE tariff

September 7, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has demanded to withdraw 30percent raise in electricity tariff of Karachi-Electric (KE), terming it brutal explioation of electricity consumers of Karachi in an era when oil prices are nose-diving.

In a statement here Tuesday JI Karachi chapter chief Engr. Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said that the K-Electric and some political actors supporting it are equally responsible for overbilling, power outage, exaggerated tariff and economic exploitation of Karachities.

He demanded of the government to arrest those who violated the agreement of privatization of the then Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), now called K-Electric and bring them to justice.

Regretting the prolonged power outages and rampant overbilling of the KE, he said that the privatization of the KESC has only benefited its owners, while electricity consumers of Karachi have not received any promised relief of this sham privatization.

He said that the K-E has fully failed in provision of uninterrupted power supply to its consumers, though this was the primary rationale of the privatization of KESC. He further said that the KE is reluctant to invest to improve its power supply system, which is also a sheer violation of the privatization agreement.

The JI leader demanded of the NEPRA to ensure immediate withdrawal of the recent 30 percent cruel raise in the KE’s tariff.

He said that the JI would continue to fight the case of electricity consumers of Karachi and help safeguarding their rights.