PESHAWAR, 19 June: Despite clear directions from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, unannounced and elongated power breakdowns continued, triggering protests across the country.

In Khyber Pakhtunkwha, irate power consumers ransacked grid stations in Charsadda, Kohat and other areas of the province. Likewise, in Quetta and parts of Balochistan, protests were held against power outages. The protestors blocked roads for vehicular traffic. The protestors said that despite prime minister’s announcement that there would be no power breakdowns at Sahr and Iftar, they were subjected to 20 hours load-shedding in the holy month of Ramazan.

“There was no power while we were offering Taraweeh last night and same was the case at Sehr. We tried to start power generator but failed as there was no natural gas in the pipes. Our females were faced with a number of problems while preparing food for Sehr due to non-availability of power and natural gas simultaneously,” a consumer said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar also criticized the federal government for hours-long power breakdowns, terming it a conspiracy against provincial government. But these tactics cannot shatter the confidence of masses they reposed in our government, he said.

The prime minister has also taken notice of the power breakdowns and directed the authorities concerned once again to ensure uninterrupted power supply at Sehr and Iftar time.

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