Governor proposes cancelling KE contract if it doesn't improve service.

KARACHI -- Calling K-Electric a source of 'severe pain' for Karachiites, Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori on Saturday suggested to the authorities concerned, both at the Centre and in Sindh, that the power utility's operations in the city should be linked with its performance, which could be curtailed if it fails to improve its services.

In a meeting with Jamaat-i-Islami leaders during a visit to the party's headquarters, the governor endorsed their viewpoint and made strongly-worded criticism at the Karachi-based utility. The JI has been campaigning against 'inflated bills and unjustified loadshedding' by the distribution company for around two years now, but Governor Tessori went beyond that and, questioning K-Electric's poor performance, suggested that punitive measures be taken against it.

'I endorse what Hafiz Neemur Rehman [JI Karachi chief] said about K-Electric during our meeting,' he told reporters at Idara Noor-i-Haq. 'K-Electric has caused so much pain to the people of Karachi. Its past hasn't been very good, so I would definitely take up this issue with the federal and provincial governments. And I think if KE doesn't improve, its contract [for Karachi power supply] should not be renewed.'

The Sindh governor appeared calm fielding a volley of aggressive questions on a variety of topics, ranging from his political loyalties to the motive behind his recent meetings with different leaders, and from his relationship with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to their understanding with the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).'

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