While loadshedding goes on full force; there are increasing reports of theft of WAPDA power lines, not just in the countryside but also from the Lahore city roads. The copper wire of several furlongs length is usually stolen to be sold in black market by thieves. There are speculations that WAPDA men collaborate with thieves, just like our policemen do in local crimes. This dangerous practice shuts off the industrial units and farming activity in the field as WAPDA takes a few days to replace the power lines while thieves strike at other places to continue their nefarious practices. WAPDA ought to employ more watch and ward staff to stop the theft of its power lines as long loadshedding hours are already hurting our industrial and agricultural sectors. -DR M. YAQOOB BHATTI, Lahore, May 9.