KARACHI - Power outages sparked protests and sit-ins on Sunday in several areas of Sindh. Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana and Jacobabad are facing power cuts of up to 18 hours against which the citizens staged protests in several areas.

The PPP gave one-month ultimatum to the federal government for ending loadshedding in the country. PPP ministers and leaders on Sunday launched a protest movement against loadshedding by Wapda (a federal authority) and K-Electric, warning to spread the protest to all over the country if the federal government would not take corrective steps immediately after Eid.

In addition to demos in the district headquarters of the Sindh province, a huge protest demonstration was organised by the ruling PPP in front of head office of the K-Electric, a private company supplying electricity to Karachi city.

Led by PPP central leader Mian Raza Rabbani, provincial ministers Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and Sharjeel Inam Memon, senators Taj Haider and Saeed Ghani and Adviser to CM for Culture Ms Sharmila, a large number of workers and supporters of the party participated in the protest demonstration in front of the K-Electric in Gizri area of the city. An MQM delegation led by MPA Syed Khalid Ahmed also joined the PPP’s protest.

Raza Rabbani, while addressing the protesters, announced that if the federal government would not take concrete measures to end loadshedding, his party will give a call for protest demonstrations in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and other big cities of the Punjab province after Eid. He said that a big power breakdown of 24 hours after light rain in the province proved that the K-electric is not capable of supplying power to the city.

He reminded that the PPP had opposed the privatisation of KESC during the Musharraf regime because the capitalists have no interest in solving problems of the poor. He said if Wapda cannot manage power affairs then HESCO be handed over to the provincial government.

Earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s coordination committee also condemned power outages , saying it was imperative that citizens, especially those of Karachi and Hyderabad, had uninterrupted supply of electricity.