Electricity Breakdown Pakistan: Petition Filed In LHC to Prevent Future Power Outage

June 3, 2023


Electricity Breakdown Pakistan: Petition Filed In LHC to Prevent Future Power Outage

Shaeran Rufus

LAHORE: On Tuesday, a civil miscellaneous case was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) requesting quick action against individuals endangering Pakistan’s national security after the country fell into an electricity breakdown due to a power failure yesterday.

Azhar Siddique, an advocate filed a petition asking order to issue prevention for another power blackout. The advocate said that the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)

In the appeal, Advocate Siddique stated that the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) reported $70 million in damage to the country’s textile industry as a result of the power outage.

The statewide power outage left over 220 million people without drinking water as electricity-powered pumps failed to function. During the hard winter weather, schools, hospitals, factories, and shops were without power.

Moreover, he added, that numerous mobile phone towers went offline which resulted in telecommunication blackouts in various parts of the country. Adding more, Siddique said that 40,000 telecommunication towers were disrupted.

As per the appeal, the power outage had a significant impact on Pakistan’s national security, and no explanation for the disruption has been provided thus far.

Further, he stated that Pakistan is suffering at the hands of the “present regime that has badly failed to cater to the economy”. Moreover, the application also cited, that the federal government failed to level up with their commitment.

In Addition, Advocate Siddique asked the court to order the federal government and other relevant parties to quickly probe the situation and assist in a solution. The advocate also demanded prevention from such actions and a formation of a framework to avoid such power failures that “threaten the nation’s security”.

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