ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Secretary Ministry of Water and Power and Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) on identical petition of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) over government inability to clear billions of rupees accounts payables to the power companies.

A two-member bench of the Justices Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry was hearing the petitions filed by Sapphire Electric, Orient Power, Nishat Power, Saif Power, Liberty Power, Atlas Power, Halmore Power, Nishat Chunian Power and Hub Power Company.

At the outset of the hearing, Khalid Anwar, counsel for IPPs, contended that in spite of apex court orders the government neither paying outstanding amount nor clearing the current dues to the IPPs saying the situation could reduce electricity generation, consequently duration of load shedding would be amplified in the country.

Khalid Anwar requested the court to bar the concerned authorities from transferring the government negligence on the power producers and urged the bench to prevent them from imposing fine and deduction over outstanding amount.

The bench issued notices to Federal Secretary Water and Power and AGP over non-clearance of outstanding dues to the power producers in pursuance of the court orders and adjourned the hearing till February 19.