ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Friday lashed out at Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government, saying Khan should seek resignation from CM, provincial ministers including Fazal Elahi and Shah Farman as they are allegedly involved in power theft.

Responding to Imran’s remarks about him on the issue of power theft cases, the minister said electricity would not be supplied to those who would not pay for it and if Khan wanted free electricity then he should construct dams in the province.

He also claimed that there were over 90 per cent line losses in many feeders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also blamed that PESCO employees were tortured when they visited the areas to make recoveries while KPK Minister Shah Farman was allegedly involves in power theft.

“PESCO being a defaulter of Rs87 billion is yet to recover Rs 1.35 billion from the power consumers of Shah Farman’s constituency while he has asked the power consumers of his constituency not to pay the bills and for it he made announcements from the horns of his constituency’s mosques,” Sher said, adding, that the KP government is the defaulter of Rs35 billion in total.

Addressing a press conference on the premises of the ministry here on Friday, the minister declared electricity would not be supplied to those who would not pay for it and the government was committed to reduce line losses of electricity in the country.

“Workers and staff of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) are facing resistance and are being tortured. Their kidnapping for ransom is on full swing,” claimed Sher.     

He said through construction of Dasu Dam‚ 2130 MW will be added in the first phase to the national grid in 2017. He said through completion of Tarbela’s Unit four and five‚ 2500 MW will be added to the national grid. He said during the current year‚ 2000MW of electricity will be added in the system. However, 8 to 10 hours long load shedding would took place during upcoming summer.

It is significant to recall that last week Federal Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali had told the media Wapda would cut off electric supply to Bannu district over excessive power theft.

He had also held Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government responsible for line losses and pending electricity bills. Abi Sher Ali had accused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ministers of backing power thieves.

Abid Sher Ali further said that MPAs including Fazal Elahi, Shah Farman, Ahmad Zari and others have failed to ensure that the people in their constituencies pay their dues to PESCO.

On the other hand, PTI chief Imran Khan while addressing a rally in Khushab had alleged that the PESCO management itself was involved in electricity theft while Abid Sher Ali was incompetent.

Similarly, Abid’s allegations had stirred commotion in the provincial assembly during the last week. Provincial Information Minister Shah Farman flaying the remarks warned that the provincial government would suspend electric supply to Punjab if Wapda stopped electricity to Bannu district.