Sindh lawmakers threaten to stage sit-in against loadshedding

PML–F, MQM and PTI support PPP resolution against loadshedding

KARACHI – Lawmakers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday staged a protest against the unannounced and prolonged loadshedding in the rural and urban areas of the province.

During the Sindh Assembly session, Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro presented the resolution, which was supported by the Pakistan Muslim League–F, MQM and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Condemning the federal government’s attitude towards the province, the resolution stated that great injustice was being done against Sindh.

The resolution added that the centre and the Ministry for Water and Power were discriminating against the province. Khuhro said that there has been no electricity in various areas of Karachi since the past seven days. He stated that because of load-shedding there was a water shortage in Sindh as well, adding that it was a matter of life and death.

The PPP lawmakers urged upon the Sindh government to lodge a formal protest with the federal government for injustices being perpetrated on the people of Sindh and ensure forthwith the due share of power supply to the province otherwise the members of the assembly would be forced to lead the protests and sit-ins on roads and streets of the province.

PPP’s Nawaz Chandio, MQM’s Muhammad Hussain and other lawmakers called the power outage federation’s vengeance against Sindh. MQM leader Faisal Subzwari said that Sindh was supplying 70% of the gas supply, and if sufficient gas supply was provided to the province then there would no load-shedding. Criticising the actions of the centre, he said that this was not a responsible behaviour.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also expressed similar views to that of Khuhro, stating that injustice was being done with the people of Sindh. He also said that the centre did not trust the Sindh government but instead trusted a meter reader. PML-N’s member Irfanullah Marwat asked Sindh chief minister to take out processions like Shahbaz Sharif did in PPP tenure.

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