ISLAMABAD - The K-Electric is responsible for the massive deaths in Karachi during the heat wave of June this year, parliamentarians said in Senate yesterday.

The lawmakers taking part in the debate on an adjournment motion claimed that it was not the climate change but the frequent power outages was the cause of the over 1,000 casualties in the Sindh metropolitan city.

They questioned the performance of K-Electric, tasked to provide power supply to Karachi. “K-Electric has become a state within the state,” remarked Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani.

Senator Sussi Palejo of PPP said that the Karachi deaths were a man-made disaster.

Taj Haider said that the K-Electric was violating 1934 Act of Electricity as it was disconnecting power connections of consumers within seven days of non-payment.

Mushahid Hussain Syed of PML-Q was of the view that NEPRA in its recent report said that the K-Electric had no capacity of power distribution but the company in another report claimed to have invested one billion dollars to enhance capacity of power distribution in Karachi. He suggested a performance audit of the company through the Auditor General of Pakistan.

State Minister for Interior Baleegur Rehman admitted that the privatisation of K-Electric could not be done in a transparent manner. He said that such privatisation agreements heavily tilted towards private owners, He also said that the government’s agreement with the K-Electric to provide electricity to the national grid had expired some months ago and negotiations are under way for a fresh deal.

“The K-Electric had to invest one billion dollars to upgrade the power distribution system of Karachi but it did not do so,” he said.

The house also passed a unanimous resolution to facilitate the nation on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day (14th August) and reiterated its resolve to uphold the vision of the founder of Pakistan.

The house referred a matter of hours long loadshedding in Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the standing committee concerned after Senator General (retd) Salihuddin Tirmzi pointed out the issue.