KARACHI is getting 650MW of electricity instead of the original 350MW, after a revision of the power-purchase agreement between PEPCO and KESC, and after Karachi had got as much as 770MW at certain times. This means an effective lifting of the burden of loadshedding from Karachi and its being shifted to Punjab, which is bearing its share of the transfer, and thus the lights of Karachi are going on at the cost of darkness all over Punjab. The increase in KESC's electricity supply is only possible at the cost of reducing that of Punjab's distribution companies, a reduction which is particularly harsh not merely because of the population affected, but because the export industries of Punjab will be forced to shut down for even longer periods than before. The industrial production of Karachi will not compensate for what is thus lost. Indeed, Karachi has been so volatile for the last three decades, that its primacy as the country's industrial hub is no longer to be assumed as axiomatic. It has been learnt that PEPCO only signed the new agreement under federal government pressure. This provides a glaring example of the political exploitation of a situation, as the MQM, which controls Karachi, is the coalition partner of the ruling PPP in both the Centre and Sindh. The consequences of this action are immense. While Karachi might get some relief from loadshedding, and while the investors of a recently privatized company might get a better return on their investment, the national interest will be harmed, not served, with darkness being spread in much wider areas. The patriotic people of Karachi will agree to take their share of loadshedding, and the power-purchase agreement must be revised to ensure uniformity in the country. If PEPCO claims that loadshedding is a necessity, it should ensure that this necessity is applied uniformly, and it is the government which should ensure that there is no discrimination between public and private sectors.