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Deaths in Karachi due to heat is a national issue: Khursheed Shah

Latest Update: June 24, 2015 | 132 Views
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ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday the government should take over K-Electric as the death toll from the deadly heatwave surpassed 780 in Karachi.

“The time has come for you [government] to take over K-Electric,” Shah said, while addressing the National Assembly.

“Pakistan Peoples Party will support the move,” the opposition leader added, citing severe electricity cuts in the metropolis as the main reason for the deaths.

Further, Shah said, “Deaths in Karachi due to the heat have become a national issue.”

Shah alleged the K-Electric has a lot of spare electricity which it is not providing to the people. The opposition leader also stated that electricity theft should also be controlled and urged electricity consumers to pay the tariff.

“Everyone should pay their electricity bills. And if anyone is stealing electricity, whether it’s me or some other politician, action should be taken against them,” Shah said.

Earlier on Friday, opposition parties in the National Assembly called for a day of mourning as the death toll from the deadly heatwave surpassed 500 in Karachi and lower Sindh.

“We call for a black day to mourn the deaths of those owing to the heatwave,” Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said, while speaking to the media outside Parliament.

Holding the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government responsible for the deaths, Shah said, “The government has failed to fulfill its promises to provide electricity to the people during Ramazan.”