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PTI workers stage protest against power outages in Peshawar

PTI workers stage protest against power outages in Peshawar
May 17, 2017

PESHAWAR, 17 May: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers on Wednesday registered a protest demonstration in front of Wapda house in Peshawar against the prolonged electricity load shedding and overbilling.
The protesters gathered outside the Wapda house were led by Peshawar district nazim Arbab Asim, MNA Ayesha Gulalai and members of the provincial assembly. The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against Wapda and the federal government for failure to overcome the menace of electricity load shedding.
The protesters stormed the PESCO office and forcefully opened its gate and entered the office.
Speaking on the occasion, PTI leaders said that Wapda are carrying out 14 to 16 hours long electricity laod shedding in rural areas of the province.
Talking to TNN, MNA Ayesha Gulalai said that the protest would continue until the government resolve the load shedding and over billing issue. She also demanded of Wapda to repair the faulty transformers. She said that the federal government receives taxes from the citizens but does not provide basic facilities in return. “The protest shall continue till unannounced load-shedding ends,” Gulalai said.
The Wapda authorities tried to hold negotiations with the protesters however, the PTI leaders refused to hold talks.
Meanwhile, the WAPDA officials said that load shedding is only carried out in areas that have seventy to hundred percent electricity loss. They said that a maximum of eighty percent loss due to electricity theft has been recorded in Gulalai’s area.

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