Crackdown on government electricity bill defaulters

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has ordered Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (IESCO) to disconnect supply to government institutions that have not cleared their dues.

The list of defaulters includes the Presidency, Parliament Lodges, PM Secretariat, Parliament House, Cantonment Board, Supreme Court, residence of the Chief Justice along with government offices of NADRA and CDA.

Orders have also been issued to disconnect electricity supply to Frontier Works Organisation, Punjab Jail, Sindh and Balochistan House and Motorway Police.

During a news conference Abid Sher Ali said the Sindh government had dues of Rs56 billion while the provincial governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also had to clear their outstanding dues.

The state minister added that he had been given directives by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to collect dues and stop electricity theft within one month. According to Abid Sher Ali protests against load shedding were taking place in areas where electricity theft was common.

The minister also announced to issue the load shedding schedule soon.

Electricity Cut Off

Following the orders of Abid Sher Ali, IESCO cut off power supply to the Supreme Court, Parliament House and PM Secretariat. IESCO officials said supply had been cut due to non-payment of dues. However, on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, electricity supply to the Supreme Court was resumed.