Pakistan’s problems don’t seem to end anytime soon. India’s neighbour is already facing a severe financial crisis, and on top of that, they also have a major power cuts in Pakistan. After failing to reach an agreement on a deal for the supply of natural gas for next month, Pakistan is now dealing with an escalating power crisis. According to Geo News, the tender for the month of July was cancelled due to the high cost and low participation, as the country is already making continuous efforts to combat widespread blackouts. According to traders with the knowledge of the situation, the state-owned Pakistan LNG Ltd. cancelled a purchase tender for liquefied natural gas shipments in July after receiving an offer that would have been the most expensive shipment ever sent to the country.
Protests against Power-cuts
Massive demonstrations unfolded across Karachi amid an 18-hour power outage. People in Pakistan got into fights with police over load-shedding. People claimed that the extensive and frequent power outages that have been occurring during the current hot and humid weather have come without warning. A policeman and several demonstrators were hurt as protesters and police battled earlier in the day, turning the peaceful demonstration into a violent one. Syed Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh, has directed Imtiaz Sheikh, the provincial energy minister, to see to it that the city’s electricity load-shedding crisis is quickly under control.
Syed Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh, has given Imtiaz Sheikh, the province’s energy minister, instructions to see to it that the city’s electricity load shedding crisis is promptly managed. He instructed Sheikh to speak with K-Electric about this and inform the corporation that the city’s ongoing load shedding is threatening law and order. “K-Electric needs to make system fixes. How much more hardship can the people take?” CM Shah stated that the city’s electrical crisis should be solved as a matter of importance. The protest had earlier in the day turned violent after participants engaged in combat with LEAs, injuring a police officer as well as numerous protestors. Even though they were paying their power bills, the demonstrators said that the region was always experiencing load shedding. However, the demonstrators would not back down and continued to throw stones at the police and Rangers as they made attempts to manage the situation. There is a shortage of 5,500 megawatts, which has caused several hours of power disruptions, sources in the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) told local media.
The country’s supply is 22,500 megawatts, but its demand is 28,000 megawatts. Asif Bughio, the City SSP, denied claims that an old woman had passed away after suffering injuries during the protests in a statement. He denied rumours that she had passed away during the demonstration and stated that the woman was 70 years old and that the police had been in touch with her relatives to arrange for a post-mortem. “The neighbourhood has had a power outage lasting longer than 12 hours. According to the SSP, the locals are requesting that a first information report (FIR) be filed in connection with her passing.
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Power shortage to continue in Pak
KE CEO Moonis Alvi was contacted by Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh. He said that load shedding has made people’s life miserable and asked that the power company deal with the situation urgently. He informed the KE official that “the security situation is deteriorating due to prolonged load shedding” and urged the federal government to pay the power utility’s debts because it “does not have the means to produce power using furnace oil.” In addition to Karachi, Punjab is also witnessing worsening load shedding as there are now six to eight hours of power cuts per day across the province. The situation in the rural areas is, even more, worse as power is provided there for only a few hours. The country may experience greater load shedding in the upcoming month of July, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told MNAs from the PML-N and affiliated parties a day earlier. After failing to reach an agreement on a deal for the delivery of natural gas for the next month, Pakistan is now dealing with an escalation of its power crisis. As the country fails to ensure Power supply and is going through a period of financial instability, it is the citizens who are suffering the most.