Arrangements have been finalized to launch a country wide crackdown against electricity thieves and defaulters as government and its institutions plan recovery of Rs407 billion by mid March through a crash program.

The recovery campaign would be launched in collaboration with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) while the Federal Investigation Agency, police and other institutions would also assist in this program.

It has also been decided that ‘expensive lawyers’ would be hired for early disposition of cases involving Rs80 billion, pending in different courts.

It has been learnt that provinces owe more than Rs100 billion outstanding electricity bills.

In addition, the sources said that due to theft of electricity, the country was suffering from huge line losses and thus putting more burden on the honest consumers. They said that the attempts so far made to recover outstanding dues from the defaulters have yielded some results but more resolute effort was required.

They said that many industries and business houses were also involved in theft of electricity in addition to domestic consumers.  They were of the view that if the menace of theft was not brought to an end, the country would be soon witnessing dooms day when there will be no electricity or there would be violent protests over high tariffs.