KARACHI - Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notice to Chairman Wapda and Secretary Power and Water for seeking explanation over the petition against privatisation of KESC, hike in electricity tariff, and prolong loadshedding. The counsel representing NEPRA appeared before the division bench comprising of Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Safdar Ali Bhutto and requested the court to grant further time to submit the comments. The court granted the request and directed that all the petitions filed pertaining to the same matter should be submitted jointly in the next hearing. The court also adjourned the hearing till next hearing to be fixed later. The petition was moved by Syed Mohammad Iqbal Kazmi against increase in power tariff as well as the privatisation of KESC and prolong loadshedding. The plaintiff made respondent to the Ministry of Power and Water, chairman Wapda, National Electric Power Regularity Authority (NEPRA) and Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). He stated that the people of the metropolitan were suffering by the unannounced prolong loadshedding since the beginning of the summer. He maintained that due to high voltages of power, the electronic appliances of the consumers were also being damaged. The businessmen community has also been suffering the loss of around Rs one and a half billion per day, and the trade is reduced up to 40 per cent. In another case, a division bench comprising of Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Farooq Pirzada directed the Sindh government and City District Government Karachi (CDGK) to submit comments about the compensations given to the victims of the Lyari Expressway project within seven days. Mohammad Hamid, a resident of PIB Colony and victim of the project, moved to the high court after demolition of his residence. He submitted that in 2002, the court issued order to the government to provide compensations to the victims, while the court also ordered to settle the matter outside the court. But, if the victims were not satisfied regarding the provision of compensation, they must be paid damages of their residences according to the market value. The counsel on the behalf of the CDGK appeared before the court and submitted that the documents of the victims were incomplete, therefore it is delaying the compensation process. Meanwhile, another division bench of SHC comprising of Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Abdur Rehman Faruq Pirzada issued notice to the local government officials regarding supply of substandard items to the education department. The bench conducted the hearing over the petition filed by Dr Faheem Danish Chairman of Paksar Zameen Youth Council. Dr Faheem, through his counsel Javed Ahmed Chhatari, submitted that the officials of CDGK were involved in supplying substandard items by issuing tenders to their supportive party. The court issued notice to the officials including Fakhar-e-Kareem, former EDO Education of CDGK, and Accountant Officer Ejaz Soomro for seeking their explanation over the allegations on Friday (today), while directed the respondents lawyer to make sure about their appearance before the court. On the other side, a division bench comprising of Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Safdar Ali Bhutto cancelled the urgent application moved by Moulvi Iqbal Haider to constitute a larger bench over his petition to conduct inquiry against former president of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf and his aides Sharifuddin Pirzada and Justice (Retd) Malik Muhammad Qayyum.