ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) on Monday cut off power supply to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence. Iesco has cited non-payment of electricity dues as the reason of disconnecting electricity supply to Imran’s residence. Imran’s Bani Gala residence has three power connections — two for the main residence and a third for a tube-well. Earlier in September, federal minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif had said at a news conference that Imran had been paying his electricity bills despite having given a call for civil disobedience on Aug 18.
Asif had said that the PTI chairman’s two electricity bills of Rs17,000 and Rs13,000 had been paid. However, days later, on Sept 20, Imran set fire to his electricity bill receiving cheers from a crowd at PTI’s Islamabad sit-in.
Imran gave a call for civil disobedience on Aug 18 and asked people not to pay taxes and utility bills to force the government accept his party’s demands.
PTI lashes out at govt against overbilling, loadshedding
PTI’s core committee has challenged the government against overbilling in electricity bills and loadshedding, demanding a justification.
In a press release issued today, the party asked that despite paying off circular debt on pretext of ending loadshedding, how and why power outages have increased after this payment.
“Why has there been Rs70 billion over billing?” they added.
The party also raised questions over money collected through electricity price hikes.
“Electricity bills went up by 80 per cent and despite that a loss of Rs 1 billion a day continues. So question is where this money from raised rates is?”
The PTI core committee demanded that the ‘looted money’, which it claimed was accumulated by the government by raising electricity rates, be returned to the public and those responsible be brought to justice.
“Despite raised rates, the government has done a dacoity on the nation by overbilling in electricity bills to the tune of billions of rupees.”
The committee reminded that the PTI has already taken the matter to the courts.