PESHAWAR  - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has alleged that WAPDA officials are involved in electricity theft. "I ask State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali to visit here and make electricity schedule for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," he stated this while talking to journalists at his chamber in Peshawar on Tuesday. The chief minister said that Abid Sher Ali was talking too much on TV channels but failed to give a proper solution to resolve power crisis. He alleged that WAPDA officials were involved in power theft. He said that if WAPDA failed to provide KP its due share of electricity then they would proceed towards Islamabad and the federal government would be responsible in case of happening any untoward incident.

He said that the KP was being deprived of 8479 Megawatt electricity by PESCO during the last two weeks. He said the statistics sent by PESCO to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government revealed that out of total 2,02,349MW electricity generated from June 8-23, 2015, the share of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province constituted at 27,318MW at the rate 13.5 per cent. But the PESCO, he said, could utilise only 18,839MW while 8,479MW could not be unutilised which caused prolonged power outages in the province and added to the miseries of people.

The PESCO has started sending a daily report to KP government about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's share in daily power production and actual utilisation of the said share as well. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had insisted time and again for provision of such details to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and deputed a team of the provincial energy department to assist PESCO for deriving the desired details from its system as PESCO officials were found unable to devise a mechanism for giving details to the provincial government about daily allocation of the electricity quota and its utilisation.

The report showed that on Tuesday (June 23, 2015), 1863MW share was fixed for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of totally generated 13800MW electricity at the rate of 13.5 per cent. But PESCO could utilise only 1354MW and 509MW electricity either went unutilised or diverted to other provinces. This situation resulted in prolonged power outages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similarly on Monday (June 22, 2015), PESCO deprived the province of 692MW as 2084MW was declared as share of KP in total production of 15,439MW electricity but PESCO provided only 1,392MW to the province.