Pakistan Electricity Bill: Various business organizations across the country went on strike to protest against rising inflation and increased electricity bills in Pakistan. The right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and business organizations called for protests and received support from lawyers.
Commercial activities remained closed in Pakistan’s Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar as well as other cities. Public transport remained mostly closed on main roads.
72-hour ultimatum given to the government
The Tajir Action Committee (TAC) in Karachi on Friday (September 1) urged the government to reduce the electricity bill and reduce the recently increased petrol prices. Was given 72 hours to do it. The Pakistani organization had warned that if the government did not fulfill its demands, then a 10-day long strike would be held. Tajir Action Committee (TAC) convenor Mohammad Rizwan said that there is no compulsion on anyone to join the strike. It is voluntary.
‘Government fails to understand the situation’
Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) supported the strike call. However, its president Mohammad Tariq Yusuf said that big industries are not part of the strike. Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that the government failed to understand the situation. He said, “To overcome the economic crisis, we have to think out of the box.”
Acting Prime Minister’s statement
The strike of businessmen in Pakistan has come at a time when the country’s Acting Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar has said a day earlier that the increased bills are not a big problem and the government Will find a solution for this. He had said on Friday, “It (increased electricity bill) is not a big issue, but political parties are talking about elections and projecting it as a social issue.”
The cost of one unit of electricity is Rs.50
In Pakistan, the cost of electricity has skyrocketed in recent times. Because of this, anger among people is increasing day by day. The situation in Pakistan is such that the cost of one unit of electricity has crossed Rs 50. The biggest reason behind this is believed to be the strict conditions imposed by the IMF.
According to a report, between the month of March and August this year, the rate of electricity per unit has increased by Rs 5.50. At the same time, the rate of one unit of electricity has increased by Rs 20 in 5 months. Where the rate of one unit of electricity was Rs 38 in the month of March, it has become Rs 56 in August.
According to Dawn’s report, in Pakistan only this year, the tax on the total electricity bill has been increased up to 48 percent. Due to this, the electricity bills which used to come between 2 to 3 thousand, directly increase to between 5 to 10 thousand.
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