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Pakistan: Power crisis deepens, people furious due to steep increase in price, tremendous performance in many cities including Karachi


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People took to the streets in many areas of Karachi against the rising electricity bill
Protesters blocked traffic on the roads by putting up barriers and burning tires
K-Electric’s office vandalized in Karachi

Karachi, Enraged by the ever-increasing electricity prices in Pakistan, people openly expressed their anger and protested in many cities including Karachi. Protesters stormed the office of K-Electric in Karachi’s Korangi district and areas of Karachi on Thursday witnessed massive demonstrations against the rising electricity rates.

According to a news agency ANI, the protesters protested in the areas of Karachi and also vandalized the furniture of K-Electric Office. Rising electricity bills and prolonged power cuts have forced people to take to the streets in various parts of Karachi city. Angered by the hike in electricity prices, many protesters blocked traffic on the roads by putting up barriers and burning tyres. These people say that the increased electricity rates are beyond their capacity.

Demonstrations were also held at many places in Peshawar on Monday against the rising electricity prices in Pakistan. People had expressed their protest by gathering in front of the office of the Electric Supply Company. The power crisis in Pakistan remains constant. Last month, Prime Minister Shahbaz said that the federal government was doing everything possible to get the stalled power plants running again to end the major energy crisis facing the country.

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The growing dependence on LNG for power generation has compounded the crisis in Pakistan. Due to the sharp decrease in foreign exchange reserves, Pakistan is finding it difficult to pay the cost of LNG being imported from abroad. For the supply of LNG, Pakistan already has two big long-term supply deals with Qatar. The first deal was done in 2016 and the second was done in 2021. Despite this, it is proving difficult to meet the demand of electricity in the country.

Tags: Karachi, Pakistan, Peshawar

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