30 August, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 3, 1435

AS I write this, we have been in our home without electricity for the last seven hours. The camps at Minar-i-Pakistan are no remedy to this trauma and agony that we have to go through for almost 18 hours a day.

If he cannot be brave enough to take the names in the media of the lobbies in Sindh responsible for power theft, he has no right to stay in power.

Billions of rupees have been spent on revamping Lahore, billions being spent on new bus service that the chief minister intends to launch soon. Had he paid some amount to help pay off the circular debt, at least the chunk that is due on Punjab, we might have enjoyed the luxury of electricity for at least 12 hour a day.

I am a civilised and an educated woman from an upper middle class family, but the irony of fate is that the current situation has morphed me and many others into cynics.

I live in a fairly reasonable area of Gulberg. When this locality is facing water, gas and electricity loadshedding for almost 80 per cent of the day then I am at a loss for words to describe the plight of the other less privileged localities.

I demand the chief minister of Punjab to resign. As for President Asif Zardari and the ruling party, may Allah handle them and may He handle them soon, Ameen.

The government should spare us. The government has tested our patience enough. We demand mental peace and that is only possible if these power-hungry political leaders, whichever political party they belong to, are ousted from this country. Let them avail other nationalities that they possess, but they should spare us. It is about time.

ZUBDA ZEA Lahore


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Comments (12) (Closed)


Sam
Jun 25, 2012 03:48pm
Sindh and Karachi are still very good.We have planned loadshedding and people use large domestic gas operated electricity generators.
Zafar Ali Khan
Jun 25, 2012 08:51pm
which paradise did you go to? surely you left earth. Karachi is suffereing to upto 8 hours of power cuts. some areas have almost 12 hours!! Kabul gets more power than our cities. We are truly shamed - forget about India - they are constructing more than 50,000 MW of power plants every year - and we cannot put up 500 MW!!
M. Amin
Jun 25, 2012 10:24am
KESC HAS ISSUED EXCESSIVE BILLING , BASED ON THEFT IN LOCALITY.... SEEMS LIKE PENALISING THE GOOD CUSTOMERS, BUT AS A RESULT GOOD CUSTOMERS HAVE DESIGNS TO TURN IN THIEVES.... BRAVO KESC... KEEP IT UP
S
Jul 05, 2012 10:40pm
Our young generation is growing up in darkness and the majority not having access to other means of electricity. The govt should be ashamed and it has been 3 years or more of loadshedding and no one has done anything about it. May Allah deal with them. They can build mansions but they can't give us what we are paying for.
Sunny Aneel
Jun 25, 2012 02:10pm
I feel the same way. Very nice article.
Amir
Jun 25, 2012 10:46am
Rise up, and place your vote, because that is your last chance. Give change the oppertunity to show what it claim, as we have seen in the past that neither PPP nor PML have delivered. Now we vote PTI. We demand change....
True Comments
Jun 30, 2012 03:10am
There is no shortage of electricity but surplus, the main root cause and problem is stealing of electricity and euphimistically calling it “LINE LOSES” and which is impossible to stop in present system of the country and government.
ShahidShaikh1
Jun 25, 2012 04:41pm
I blame the people of Pakistan who put up with this nonsense, I agree with Bakka Gee to remove these guys out of power, both parties have tried they are very sincere for them self look what assets they have and look what people got. If people will continue to write about these problems, this does not matter to them. Do what they did in Middle East. Shahid Shaikh, Ontario, Canada
Bakka Lohar
Jun 25, 2012 10:30am
This will continue resulting in misery for Pakistanis and their industries. PML(N) or PPP will propvide relief. People of Pakistan need to stand up for their rights; kick these corrupt politicians out ASAP.
MAHMOODAMINHAS
Jun 25, 2012 01:56pm
Last month I visited Karachi and lived there about one month I never see any load shedding in the area except one hour in a day. I dont understand that why this disperity in load shedding in provinces is made by the PPP government__Further the residents in commercial area are mostly suffering by LESCO and never listen to this issue despite of many request to NEPRA/LESCO.
Tee Vee
Jun 25, 2012 05:19am
Beautiful display of the feelings of people living in Punjab. We are facing the worst type of loadshedding.
Asad M
Jun 25, 2012 07:44am
A much needed appeal. I fail to understand why the bill payers have to suffer on behalf of those who do not.