KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has demanded of the government to withdraw the recent 30 percent increase in electricity tariff of Karachi-Electric (KE), terming it a brutal exploitation of power consumers when oil prices are nose-diving.
In a statement on Tuesday, JI Karachi chapter chief Engr Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said that K-Electric and some political actors supporting the hike were equally responsible for economic exploitation of Karachiites.
He demanded of the government to arrest those who violated the agreement of privatisation of the then Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), and bring them to justice. Regretting the prolonged power outages and rampant over-billing, he said that the KESC privatisation had only benefited its owners, while electricity consumers had not received any promised relief.
He said that the KE had miserably failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to its consumers, though this was the primary rationale of the privatisation. He further said that the KE was reluctant to improve its power supply system, which was also a sheer violation of the privatisation agreement. The JI leader demanded of Nepra to ensure immediate withdrawal of the recent raise in KE’s tariff.