ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Water and Power and Law Division are at loggerheads over the imposition of four per cent surcharge in power tariff as the latter is unwilling to through it and counts it a contempt of court. The Power Ministry is facing difficulties and is also in a fix as Law Division has so far not approved the imposition of four per cent surcharge, sources said on Friday. Sources privy to the development informed TheNation that Law Division is not willing to give the go-ahead as it has resolved that imposition of new surcharge would be contempt of court. They also informed that Power Ministry is all set to impose four per cent surcharge in its recent adventure to give further boost to power prices and further earlier approval given by the Prime Minister in this regard is not sufficient to meet the legal bindings. As the PM had already linked the increase with the approval of Federal Cabinet and the cabinet committee on energy. So, new approval in this regard is required either from the PM or from the federal minister to impose the above-said surcharge. They said that high-ups of Power Ministry are leaving no stone unturned to convince the Law Division to give them a go-ahead in this regard. Sources were of the opinion that the ministry is desperate and if the Law Division will give in then it may go ahead alone but the new raise will not apply to consumers of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO). The sources also informed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is persistently pressurising the beleaguered government to give further rise to the power prices. It is important to note that the Law Division has already rejected imposition of six per cent surcharge on electricity in October. Further, on 6th May, Lahore High Court (LHC) has given stay order against the imposing two per cent surcharge on LESCO and MEPCO region. It is worth mentioning here that spokesman of power ministry on Wednesday claimed that a notification of four per cent surcharge would be issued within 48 hours but this has not happened yet.