Lahore - Thousand of electricity/Wapda workers along with engineers held a mass rally on Wednesday outside Islamabad Press Club under the aegis of All Pakistan wapda Hydro Electric workers Union and Electricity Engineers Association against the present government’s move to privatize national public utility (Wapda) against the public interest. The protestors participated from all the provinces of the country.
Veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmed, General Secretary of the Union, along with Abdul Latif Nizamani, President, and Gohar Taj, Chairman, highlighted that wapda privatisation would not only be against the Constitution but also the declaration of the father of the nation who had declared that all public utilities are to be run under public sector in the public interest. They demanded that the Government should develop cheaper sources of Elecy. Generation alike Hydel & Gas and Coal instead of relying on Furnace Oil Private Thermal Power House and get recovered 200 billion U.S. dollars from Swiss Banks deposited by the Federal Lords and Capitalists and Politicians as declared by the Federal Finance Minister and impose taxes upon Feudal Lords and capitalists and Politician whose majority did not pay any tax while 80% Tax Payers are wage earners. They demanded to the Prime Minister to hold dialogue with the Union.