ISLAMABAD: A petition filed in the Supreme Court against the privatisation of K-Electric on Thursday pleaded that the apex court order compensation for the families of Karachi's heatwave victims.
Sindh has been grappling with a deadly heatwave that has claimed over 1,000 lives — with a majority of the victims in Karachi.
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The petitioner, Mahmood Akhtar Taqwi, said that the Supreme Court should order a complete record of deaths that have occurred due to the recent heatwave in Sindh.
The petitioner also maintained that the Sindh and federal governments should also compensate the heirs of heatwave victims Rs2,500,000 and Rs1,000,000 respectively.
Taqwi adopted the stance that the apex court also order a record of K-Electric's privatisation, and that all names of K-Electric officials be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The petitioner moreover pleaded that the court order the federal government to end load-shedding and improve the state's power distribution systems.
Taqwi also requested the apex court to disqualify lawmakers who had offered funeral prayers in absentia for heatwave victims in front of the Parliament with their shoes on.
The petition named Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Minister of State for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali, Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and K-Electric Chief Executive Officer Tayyab Tareen as parties.