Ilamabad-The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) apprehended 22 more electricity thieves in various regions of the company in raids during its ongoing drive against power pilferers.

The spokesman told APP here that 11 culprits were caught red from Jhelum, seven from Islamabad and four from Attock circles.

He said the drive was launched on the directives of CEO Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan. All the culprits were found involved in power theft through direct line (Kunda System) and by breaking security strip of the meter, he added.

He said FIRs have been lodged against power thieves under the new electricity (Amendment) Act. He said the IESCO was committed to taking stern action the power thieves across its all five regions. He also requested its valued customers to inform about power theft on IESCO’s new Roshni 8398 SMS service.

He said the new ROSHNI SMS Service 8398 and 118 help line was serving commendably in entire IESCO region including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock circles.

This service was getting massive response from its users, he said.

He said complaints regarding tariff, temporary connection, late receiving of electricity bills, over billing, low voltage complaint could also be lodged through this services beside information about power theft by sending SMS to Roshni 8398.


IHC summons Dy Sec establishment in passport office contract employees case

ISLAMABAD (INP) - A writ petition pertaining to non-regularizing the Grade 16 and 17 contract employees of affiliated organization of Federal Ministry of Interior, Passport and Immigration Directorate came up for hearing in the court of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of Islamabad High Court.

The learned Justice directed the Deputy Secretary Establishment to appear personally on the next day of hearing and explain why the affected employees are not being regularized. Barrister Aqeel Malik and Nabeel Rehman are representing the affected employees.

While giving the reference of Supreme Court (SC’s) recent decision about the regularization, the judge directed the Deputy Secretary Establishment to personally appear on the next hearing and inform why the relevant employees are not regularized.

The court also ordered Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) to stop any hiring for the particular department.

In fact, he said that even if their appointments were illegal, SC has recently passed an order declaring appointing authority is responsible for this lapse and not the candidates.

The lawyers representing the defendants argued that while their hiring is done as per rules and regulations, they are not responsible for any lapse. The learned judge has set the next date of hearing December 15, 2016.