LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has observed that loadshedding throughout the country is being carried out under compelling circumstances of acute energy shortage besides present government was not doing it arbitrarily as a political govt can not afford to face anger of people now and in next election. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar made these observations in the detailed judgement on petition challenging advancement of clock by an hour and unequal loadshedding, which he had dismissed on Wednesday. The judge said, Our country is passing through an abnormal and extraordinary phase and energy crisis occurred as no new power generation had been established for last many years and particularly during pervious regime of Pervez Musharraf. The present political government has acquired this legacy from previous government and seemingly is making efforts to cop with the crisis of loadshedding, awaiting installation of new generation projects. The judge further said both decisions of federal government are not passed whimsically and arbitrarily therefore they cannot be questioned on touchstone of Article 25 of the constitution. Clock was advanced to curtail consumption of electricity in the evening but it is discouraging that restaurants, shopping malls, big plazas, markets, wedding halls etc remain open till late night hours and no check has been placed upon them by federal or provincial governments. If the law regarding opening and closure of these establishment is implemented in its letter and spirit, it would help in overcoming the problems. And to achieve this goal the federal and provincial government should work together, judged added. Declining petitioners plea to form a commission to ascertain whether load-shedding is being conducted in fair manner, the judge said it would be unnecessary to interfere in the affairs of government as it should be avoided unless it is absolutely imperative. As far as question of discrimination is concerned, it is proved from the data provided by Pepco that uninterrupted electricity is being supplied to essential institutions, organisations and offices that is necessary to run the business of the country smoothly. The petition was filed by Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, a human right activist, praying for a declaration that alteration made in the time with effect from April 15 last was without any statutory or constitutional authority, unreasonable, arbitrary, lacking in cohesion and against the fundamental rights of the people. He also prayed for sharing the burden of loadshedding equally among the citizens as mandated by the Constitution. Representing the federal government, a Deputy Attorney General Amir Rehman informed the court that advancement of the clocks by one hour providing a great relief to Wapda in coping with the power crisis. He further informed that by advancing the clock for one-hour government was saving 200 to 250 MW of electricity per day that helped in reduction of load shedding and made possible conservation of oil and gas by decreasing thermal generation. A Pepco report submitted by DAG confirmed the argument of petitioner that Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Governor Houses were exempted from load shedding. However, the DAG argued that these offices were working for the good of people and required smooth power supply. He added that the government hospitals and colleges were also exempted from loadshedding, however, no private sector was enjoying this relaxation. Judge remarked that the people should not doubt governments efforts as it was facing a great crisis which belonged to previous rulers. Restraining Wapda from loadshedding will create a chaos like situation in country as it is unable to produce required electricity, observed Justice Saqib Nisar. We are not here to create crisis but to facilitate the government, he further observed.