Traders Association in Pakistan and the general public launched large-scale protests against rising power rates and excessive taxes on Friday, with big rallies in Karachi and other regions.
The Karachi demonstration, also sponsored by Jamaat-e-Islami, called for a reduction in ever-increasing electricity consumer bill and other taxes imposed on electricity bills.
On the occasion, trade leaders and Jamaat-e-Islami delegates aired their worries. “We reject the excessive charges collected by K-Electric in Pakistan electricity bills,” a trade leader said, adding that JI always takes a position on people’s concerns.
We are witnessing a scenario in which people are forced to go hungry and fight to make ends meet while KE is issuing power bills in the thousands if not lacs,” he added.
In his address to the demonstrators, JI’s Karachi Amir Hafiz Naeem your Rehman cautioned that the situation will worsen if the government continues to burden Pakistan. “Our struggle is against the white-collar mafia in KE,” he stated emphatically, emphasizing his determination to defend the people’s interests.
To address the situation of over taxes electricity bills, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar has called an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister’s House tomorrow to examine the problem of rising power costs.
According to PM’s post on microblogging site X — originally known as Twitter — the conference will feature briefings from the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) and distribution businesses.
According to Kakar, negotiations will also take place to give customers the most respite possible from rising electricity rates. Power pricing increases sparked nationwide protests, particularly in major cities like Karachi, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, and Peshawar.
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