KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Engr Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman has condemned the latest raise in K-Electric tariff and said that both Nepra and K-Electric are hands in gloves with each other when it came to looting the people of Karachi.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, Naeem demanded the government to withdraw increase in the tariff by Rs0.15 and Rs0.23 per unit for July and August respectively.

He said that electricity was being made expensive for Karachi only. “It is sheer discrimination against the city,” he protested.

The JI leader recalled that the then KESC was privatised due to corruption, mismanagement and loadshedding.

“Now the situation has gone from bad to worse as the current KE management is also looting Karachiites,” he added.

He alleged that the KE management left no stone unturned to loot the poor people.

“People are being plundered through inflated bills,” he lamented.

Naeem further blamed the KE management for violating the already dubious agreement under which the then KESC had been privatised.

He held former military dictator Pervez Musharraf and Muttahia Qaumi Movement responsible for these state of affairs, saying the entity had been sold out during their tenure.

He said that MQM could not hide itself as it was in power when the KESC was being privatised.

He also lashed out at the KE for not producing 1100 megawatt electricity as per the agreement.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi spokesperson Zahid Askari on Thursday, while commenting on Sindh governor’s recognition of JI former nazim Nematullah’s services for Karachi, said that people of city were aware of the elements who had ruined their city.

The spokesperson said that those responsible for the destruction of the city had exposed each other.

He added that these were the services of Nematullah, which had transformed the city and brought back its lost glory. “The city enjoyed facilities of international standards under his leadership,” he added.

“Almost all the projects inaugurated during the tenure of Nematullah’s successors had been thought-out during ‘Father of the City’s’ tenure. He added that not only the pace of completion of projects had slowed down, but several significant projects, including K-4 had been ruined. “Not even a single project has been initiated by Nematullah’s descendants,” he lamented.

He further said that the JI had always served the city and would do so in future, whenever provided an opportunity.

He urged the people to support JI for the future of the city.

He also called upon the governor to reveal the facts that hindered the development and progress of Karachi.

Askari demanded the government to probe into the allegations leveled by former and current MQM leaders against each other.