PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has appealed to the general public to extend their cooperation to Wapda in order to cope with the ongoing power crisis.

He urged the masses to stop wasting power, discourage kunda culture and install electricity metres wherever they were needed.

He made this appeal while talking to a representative jirga of elders of PK-6 PK-10 and PK-11 in Peshawar on Friday. Present on this occasion included; MPA Saqibullah Khan Chamkani, Alamgir Khan Khalil, Superintending Engineer Pesco Khyber Circle, Nadeem Anwar and ANP City District President Mian Mushtaq.

It may be recalled that most of the villages of the said constituencies were without electricity meters and electricity is stolen through use of kundas, due to which feeders get tripped and as a result 20 to 30 hours loadshedding is done.

Chairman Standing Committee of the Senate for Water and Power, Senator Zahid Khan had formed a committee comprising Provincial Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Superintending Engineer Khyber Circle, Nadeem Anwar to solve the problem of loadshedding on permanent basis.

The said committee, in its first formal meeting on Friday met with the elected representatives and elders of these areas and asked them to voluntarily give up using hooks, install meters and pay charges on flat-rate till installation of the meters.

The Wapda authorities on this occasion assured that stern action would be taken against corrupt mafia and they would be transferred to other areas.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that we serve the people with a religious fervour and the ongoing loadshedding problem would be solved not on political consideration but as a service to humanity.

He also thanked Senator Zahid Khan for taking notice of the loadshedding in those areas and held special meeting with the Chief Executive of Pesco. The Information Minister assured that he has also approached the concerned quarters for exemption of outstanding dues.