Altaf wants military to solve worsening power and water crises


LONDON: Disappointed in the government for being no more than a flash-in-the-pan since coming to power, Altaf Hussain is looking to the military for a solution to the worsening power and water crises as Pakistan remains in the murderous grip of a heatwave that has killed hundreds of people so far.


“Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, I am appealing to you to kindly play your role in resolving these problems as the civil-political governments including the federal have failed in providing the basic necessities of life like water, power, and gas to the masses,” Muttahida Qaumi Movement boss said.

In a statement issued here, the MQM leader argued the country’s armed forces, leaving all their regular calls of duty behind, had always jumped into action to help the victims of natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, droughts/famines, etc, adding he said the situation at hand was no different.

“I am begging of you Gen Sharif to please mobilize the regional, sub, and unit commanders of the army to come to the rescue of their fellow countrymen in this hour of need,” said a desperate Hussain. He further said that only military could put an end to the rampant power, water, and gas theft.

Hussain also left a message for the people of Karachi, who are losing their temper as well as mind for having to cope with blood-boiling temperatures amid rolling power outages.

“Never let go of your sanity no matter how bad it gets. Patience is all I can advise you right now,” Hussain said adding, “You are requested to avoid giving your anger at the power utility a vent by going hostile towards linemen and other repair/maintenance field staff.”