MIRPUR (AJK) – The recent unequivocal directives of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to the Wapda for the early ending of unscheduled power loadshedding in Mirpur district are not being obeyed as prolonged unscheduled power cuts in the city and the district are afoot.

Prime Minister Gilani had, while addressing a public meeting in Islamgarh Town in the district on Monday last (March 12) had clearly directed the Wapda to immediately stop unscheduled loadshedding in Mirpur district, which holds the country’s second biggest reservoir Mangla Dam. But contrary to the clear-cut directives, exercise of long unscheduled power load shedding in Mirpur city and rest of the district is underway.

“The denial of the prime minister’s orders to WAPDA and the AJK Electricity Department, the institution managing the supply of electricity to the consumers in AJK, is a question mark over the alleged disobeying of the orders of the chief executive of Pakistan”, observes a local power consumer and human rights analyst Raja Sohrab Ahmed Khan. Khan, while talking to this correspondent, Sunday said that it was a matter of grave concern that how the nation-building institutions were going unbridled by taking no care of the orders of the prime minister. He called for immediate action those responsible over disobeying the prime minister. It may be added that daily life was being severely hit every day across this distinct, including this comparatively model city of AJK, due to the long unscheduled breakdown of power.

The frequent unscheduled power load shedding, which lasts for hours time and again daily in various parts of Mirpur district, the major economic hub of AJK, is badly affecting the life including the local newspapers and news agencies offices who fails to perform their professional duties according to the set every day since past many months.