Protest over load-shedding: Traders threaten to siege KESC office

Karachi: Enraged over unrelenting load shedding and power outages, All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKAT) Tuesday took out a protest rally in an unconventional way aboard donkey-carts and horse-carriages with placards and banners against hours of load-shedding of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), causing huge losses to business activities.

The rally was initiated from M.A Jinnah Road and culminated at Chief Minister House where hundreds of traders yelled at KESC and threatened to siege KESC office if government failed to annul its contract with ‘Abraaj Group’ within a week.

“KESC is creating artificial power crisis to force traders to migrate from the provincial capital,” they alleged.

Addressing a rally, Chairman AKTA Ateeq Mir lamented KESC management for putting at stake the development of the city and alleged that it had turned into mafia.

“In spite of staging protest demonstrations on almost daily basis, the government officials could not pay heed to our grievances,” he added. He appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of situation and issue orders to pull the city out of looming crisis.

Other traders called for imposing emergency in the KESC and handing it over to Army on interim basis in order to get prevailing power problems solved.

Trader Ismail Lalpur demanded the arrest of KESC Chief Tabish Gauhar, alleging it was his ego problem that row between management and CBA workers was yet to be ended.

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