PESHAWAR - Dwellers of several villages of the provincial metropolis on Thursday strongly protested the anti-consumers attitude of Peshawar Electricity Supply Company and Sui Northern Gas pipeline authorities for over-billing and excessive power outage.

The demonstrators asked the government to task the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take action against corruption made by the Pesco and SNGPL officials.

The protestors hailing from Bahadar Kely, Hazarkhwani, Garhi Qamar Din, Garhi Ata Muhammad, Landi Arbab, Achr, and several other localities of PK-4 and PK-6 led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA from PK-6 Fazl-i-Elahi gathered at main Saddr road outside press club. The demonstrators were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against Wapda and SNGPL authorities.

They also chanted slogans against the federal government, Pesco and SNGPL authorities for over-billing and misbehaviour with poor consumers.

The protestors blocked main Sher Shah Suri Road for all kind of traffic for about an hour due to which long queues were observed on both sides of the road. Due to road blockage motorists and pedestrians suffered immense difficulties, while many of them preferred to change their roots.  

Addressing the protestors, PTI leader and elected representative from PK-6 Elahi said that the federal government was using mean tactics to blackmail and fail the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government but it will never succeed. He also alleged the FIA authorities instead of exposing and nabbing the corrupt practices of Wapda and Gas Department, were harassing poor people.

He said that both the Sui gas and Pesco were sent extra units in the monthly utility bills aims to hide the theft of department employees. "It is quite injustices and inhuman that despite the hours long electricity and gas loadshedding, huge utility bills were sent against average and low earning families," he alleged.

The protesting MPA demanded of the federal government to stop all the federal department to stop humiliating the feelings of common people, otherwise, the peaceful protest could turn to violent one.