KP Assembly forms body on load-shedding

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday decided constitution of a parliamentary committee with representation of all political parties to take up the matter of load-shedding of electricity and gas in the province with the federal government.

The decision of the constitution of parliamentary committee was taken after several members of the house protested unscheduled power and gas load-shedding for hours by Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO) and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) in the province.

The proposal for the constitution of such committee was first floated by Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussein in response to the criticism of members from both opposition and treasury benches.

In response to the hard hitting speeches of legislators, Deputy Speaker Khushdil Khan Advocate, who was presiding the proceedings of the house, said that under Article 158 of the Constitution, and recognized the right of federating units on natural gas, being produced from their area. First the requirement of the province concerned would be met before its supply to other parts of the country.

The load-shedding issue was first raised by Atif-ur-Rehman of Awami National Party (ANP). He said that the massive unscheduled power load shedding was creating a law and order situation in the province and termed it a conspiracy against the provincial government.

Inayatullah Jadoon of PML-N said that both gas and electricity were produced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but it was the victim of load-shedding of both utilities. He said that unscheduled load-shedding was a sheer injustice and taking lives of people.