LAHORE- Residents of Lahore and several other cities of Punjab took to the streets protesting against prolonged and unannounced load shedding on Wednesday. They marched on major roads of the cities and in front of PEPCO offices of their areas. Stick-wielding protesters in Lahore's Batapur area burned tyres blocking roads and pelted cars with stones. The demonstrators also ransacked a Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) office. The protestors alleged that authorities were bent upon aggravating their conditions even during the month of Ramazan due to which the residents were left with no choice but to take to the streets.
The demonstrators also alleged that the rulers were enjoying their lives sitting in chilled rooms while the rest of the population was left at the mercy of the unbearable heat. Reports of protest demonstrations have also come in from Chakwal, Jhelum and Attock where the protestors complained that they were being provided electricity for just four to six hours as compared to other cities. They said the situation is rural areas is even worse where people are unable to get drinking water. They said the situation is particularly disturbing during summer months and in Ramazan.
They demanded of the government to give equal treatment to the citizens across the country whether it is electricity or gas. Similarly some of the agitated protestors said the rulers and elected representatives should share equal hours of load shedding.