LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday sought reply from the Federal Government on a petition seeking a stay order for Wapda and electricity distribution companies not to hold power loadhedding management sharing plan. Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed admitted the petition for hearing with directions to the government to submit reply by Dec 28.

Petitioner lawyer Mohammad Azhar Siddique contended the government failed to supply electricity to hospitals, whether federal, provincial or private especially in the ongoing season when rivers were full of water and there was no shortfall technically in production of the electricity.

The government was not paying payments to IPPs (independent power producers) and they were not producing electricity which was a violation of fundamental rights of the people.

He stated people were facing gas and electricity loadshedding for no reason. He pointed out that the government was ‘illegally’ collecting fuel adjustment charges, equalization surcharge and others but remained failed to provide uninterrupted electricity to citizens.