MULTAN

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that his party supported army operation against only those Taliban groups that were involved in terrorism.

Addressing a public gathering here at Basti Khudadad on Monday, he added that the government completely failed to protect the life and property of citizens as well as maintain law and order in the country. He said that deteriorating law and order situation and loadshedding made the lives of people highly miserable. "Those who claimed to end loadshedding in six months have doubled the loadshedding after one year besides depriving the masses of Sui gas," he maintained. He said that it was for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the masses had to face gas loadshedding in summers.

16,000 Power Pilferers Held: The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) Multan Circle caught over 16000 power pilferers during ongoing year 2013-14 and imposed fine worth over Rs206 million on them. Mepco sources said that fine money amounting to over Rs. 164 million had been recovered from the power thieves and action was underway to recover the remaining amount. According to details, as many as 14502 domestic consumers were caught red-handed stealing electricity and Rs161 million fine was imposed on them. Similarly, a total of 830 commercial consumers were caught on the charges of power pilferage and they were fined for Rs23 million. A total of Rs33.8 million fine was imposed on 309 tube-well consumers and Rs19 million on others.

Mepco disconnects power connections of 170 tube-well defaulter

Similarly, the power supply connections of 170 defaulter tube-well consumers have been disconnected by the Mepco teams on a default of over Rs37.2 million, although the authority succeeded to recover over Rs526 million defaulted amount from 8756 other tube-well consumers.  A Mepco spokesman said that the power supply would not be restored until the dues were cleared.

Meanwhile, the Mepco administration suspended three officers on charges of negligence and poor performance. The suspended officers included Executive Engineer Operation Sadiqabad Insaf Ali Barohi, SDO City sub division Sadiqabad Masooq Qureshi and SDO Civil Lines sub division Sahiwal Khalid Mahmood Iqbal. All the suspended officers have been asked to report to the Mepco headquarters.