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Traders Warn Of Protest Against High Electricity Bills

Pakistani Businesspeople And Residents Protest Rising Electricity Costs And Warn The Government Of The "Consequences"

Overview 

Pakistani businesspeople and residents protested against the country’s rising electricity prices on Friday in a number of cities. Warning the government to be ready to deal with the “consequences”. If it did not address the problem that was steadily increasing the cost of living there.

Price Hike In Electricity Bill

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had imposed a requirement for Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). To hike the tariffs by Rs4.96 per unit last month in order to approve a short-term $3 billion rescue plan. For the South Asian nation. This prompted demonstrations to break out.

Following input from distribution businesses, who propose various rates based on their required revenue, NEPRA periodically modifies consumer-end tariffs.

Protest In Karachi Pakistan

On M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi, a demonstration was organised by numerous local trade organisations. And the right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party. Similar protests were also seen in Peshawar, a city in northwest Pakistan. Where protesters burned their electricity bills and chanted anti-government slogans.

In a statement, Muhammad Kashif Chaudhry, president of Markazi Tanzeem-e-Tajran Pakistan. The country’s main association of traders, said. “We warn the government that if the decision to increase electricity prices is not withdrawn immediately. The consequences will be borne by the incompetent rulers.”

He stated that the business community has organised a number of demonstrations against the increase in the price of power. And planned to progressively expand the movement across the country.

By enacting anti-people policies. The government of this nation has already been warned not to stand in the way of the international financial organisations.

He claimed that residents of many cities, towns, and villages had begun flooding the streets and burning their electrical bills. By adding that this was their means of showing “rebellion.”

In the meantime, Atiq Mir, Chairman of All Karachi Tajir Ithehad (AKTI), addressed the demonstrators in Karachi. It indicated a “genuine economic crisis in the country.”

 Protest in Multiple Cities

As citizens in Pakistan expressed their displeasure with the rising price of power and urged the government to adopt cutbacks, protests erupted in numerous locations.

A number of locations, including Multan, Faisalabad, Nowshera, Bahawalpur, Sadiq Abad, Hujra Shah Muqeem, Okara, Kasur, Malakand, and Gujranwala, among others, saw carefully planned protests.

Press Conference

Additionally the government has until August 29 to reverse the rise in the price of power, according to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).

Saqib Rafiq, the president of the RCCI, told a press conference. On Saturday that traders would stage a protest march from the chamber to Kachehri Chowk. Rafiq claimed that given the price of electricity at the moment, businesses cannot compete on the global market. He claimed that current circumstances make it impossible to conduct business, and enterprises are closing.

He asserted that in order to supply inexpensive electricity and foster a climate that is favourable to investment, the government should concentrate on alternative energy sources.

The RCCI president asked that the government address these highly critical issues as a matter of priority, including rising interest rates, the shaky state of the US dollar, skyrocketing gasoline prices, higher petrol and power bills and persistent food inflation.

Their Demands

A chorus of demonstrators shouted out their demands, pleading with the administration to cancel the exorbitant bills and reduce taxes and electricity rates. A poor ice vendor in Gujranwala described his struggle and the conflict he faced between providing for his family and paying a high Rs64,500 debt. He criticised the government for forcing him to take out a Rs. 30,000 loan to cover a portion of the debt.

Under a weekly cost adjustment process, Pakistan increased fuel prices twice in the past 30 days, reaching an all-time high with an increase of nearly 15%.The recent rise in fuel and power costs, along with the spiralling inflation, had, according to traders, seriously impacted their company operations.

As a result in Pakistan, inflation peaked at a remarkable 38 percent in May before declining to 28.3 percent in July, albeit it is still very high.

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