ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Tuesday cut power connection of federal government’s offices located in Pak Secretariat on non-payment of remaining dues that was later restored after some hours with influential interference.

According to Ministry of Water and Power, it was responsibility of CDA to pay electricity bills of Pak Secretariat but it did not deposit electricity bill of RsI.7 billion to date therefore Iesco cut power connection to some offices of the ministries including Petroleum and Natural Resources, Water and Power, Commerce and Trade and Planning Commission in Pak Secretariat.

After cutting the power, staff of the secretariat came out from their offices by leaving work and they were seen walking in the park for passing time.

In a statement, Water and Power Minister, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said that the power connection of defaulters, who did not pay electricity bills, would be cut and strict action would be taken against them. He said that recovery from the defaulters would be ensured at every cost.         

Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) cut off electricity connections of the offices of federal ministries in addition to that of Pak Secretariat after the Minister for Electricity and Power, Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar directed the authorities to cut electricity connections of all the defaulters without any discrimination. He said strict measures would be taken against the defaulters to ensure receipt of electricity bills.

As a result, the provision of electricity to the Pak Secretariat, ministry of commerce, ministry of petroleum and natural resources, and planning commission was interrupted. Sources said Secretariat owes arrears of Rs 1.7 billion to the Ministry of Electricity and Power.

It is pertinent to mention here that Capital Development Authority is obliged to pay the electricity bills on behalf of Pakistan Secretariat.