Islamabad - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has expressed grave concerns over the mass deaths in Karachi due to the excessive heat and extensive load shedding.

He said the government had totally failed the people in Karachi where there is no water and no electricity. The situation in Karachi is one of chaos and lawlessness with no visible writ of the government visible.

The provincial and federal governments, both of whom have failed to provide the basic necessities of life to the people of the metropolis, have effectively abandoned the people of Karachi.

Imran Khan said if Karachi is seeing a total helplessness in the face of unprecedented soaring temperatures and no water or electricity, the situation in the rural areas must be even more catastrophic. He expressed fears that in the far flung areas one would not even know the scale of the crisis in terms of lives lost due to heat, lack of water and load shedding.

The chairman PTI said the state of affairs in the context of excessive load shedding has reached crisis proportions across Pakistan. In Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, which produces more electricity than it needs and which it contributes to the national grid, the people of the province are suffering load shedding for up to 18 hours at a stretch including at Sehr and Iftar times.

Khan stated that it was abundantly clear the federal government had failed to even move towards resolving the electricity crisis across Pakistan. Even worse, it has failed to deliver on any of its hyped-up provinces about ending load shedding in the country within months of coming to power. On the contrary, the energy crisis has become more acute since the PMLN formed the federal government.

Khan felt a responsible and people-sensitive government would have focused on providing electricity and water to people as well as ensuring measures to protect people from the soaring summer temperatures so lives would not be lost. Instead the present government has chosen to focus on expensive projects like metro buses while people have no water and no electricity.

This shows a total lack of concern for the ordinary citizen. Khan demanded that those responsible for the present load shedding crisis should be held accountable. He also demanded the government move to resolve the load shedding and water issues on a war footing so that more precious lives are not lost.