ISLAMABAD - The Law Division has so far spared Pakistanis from another power rate increase bombshell by turning down the proposal seeking six per cent equalization surcharge in per unit electricity rates sent by the Water and Power Ministry. Sources Privy to the development informed TheNation that Law the Division while taking it a contempt of court has turned down the proposal earlier sent by the power ministry seeking six per cent surge in the rates of per unit electricity. They informed that the ministry has sent two notifications for approval whereas it was of two per cent equalization surcharge and other notification was of four per cent raise imposition. The Law Division in its stand has translated that Lahore High Court (LHC) on May 6 has given stay order for LESCO and MEPCO region against the imposed two per cent hike in power prices, sources said, adding, that the Law Division has so far also resolved that before the LHC decision no surcharge could be imposed and despite a stay order further surge will be taken as contempt of court. The Law Division has sent back a summary seeking two per cent hike to the water and power ministry till this effect while the second summary of four per cent surge would also be sent back to the ministry today. They further said that high-ups of both the Power Ministry and the Ministry of Finance are desperate over this rejection while in a meeting at the Power Ministry, this issue has also been deeply discussed and reviewed. It is relevant to note here that both the ministries are mulling to get approval on same six per cent surge in per unit electricity rates from the prime minister while giving exemption to LESCO and MEPCO regions. Top officials of power ministry have left no stone unturned to give a further boost to power prices in a bid to impose six percent increase in power prices from current month. It is worth mentioning here that Ministry of Water and Power and Law Division remained at loggerheads over the imposition of six per cent surcharge in power tariffs as the latter found unwilling to through it and has counted it a contempt of court. Upon this, the Power Ministry has faced difficulties and also remained in a fix in this regards.