KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman has demanded the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to get a stay order from the court to stop the sale of K-Electric unless the entity pays its dues of billions of rupees to its consumers and national institutions.

In a letter to Brig (r) Tariq Mahmood Khan Sadozai, he urged that all stay orders issued by the court against KE be withdrawn, and there should be no leniency towards the power utility.

He said that sale of KE to Shanghai Electric was tantamount to torture on people of Karachi as the Shanghai Electric’s name had also appeared in Panama Leaks. He said that KE, supposed to supply electricity to Karachi, had become another East India Company. Naem added that the entire process of privatization of the then KESC and now sale of KE to SE was dubious.   The JI leader accused KE of plundering national exchequer and extorting its consumers.

He also demanded NEPRA to hold a forensic audit of KE’s 10-year progress and make it public in order to set the record straight.