KARACHI - The severe power crisis has forced the chairman of K-Electric (KE), Tabish Gohar to resign from his job.

Tabish Gohar was one of the young officers of Abraaj Capital, the company that owns the KE. According to sources, Gohar accepting the responsibility for the worst-ever power crisis has tendered his resignation. He is associated with Abraaj Capital for the last four years and he is among the young leadership of the institution. He has also decided to leave Abraaj Capital.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the KE has refused to confirm or deny the news of Tabish Gohar’s resignation.

HOSPITALS NOT EXEMPTED

FROM LOADSHEDDING

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Monday said despite of its commitment, K-Electric did not exempt the hospitals from loadshedding even during the prevailing heatwave.

He said though they already had made payment but Sindh government was compelled to run its hospitals on generators during the loadshedding to save the lives of heat-stricken people.

Expressing displeasure of loadshedding at Qatar Hospital Orangi during his visit, he said he had directed the K-Electric to exempt the hospitals and other public utility organisations from loadshedding and they (K-Electric) had committed for the purpose but unfortunately during visit to Qatar Hospital, there was loadshedding in the hospital. “This type of response of K-Electric was deplorable,” he said.

To a question, he said though heatwave was a natural calamity but loadshedding has worsened the situation and caused causalities. To another question, he said all arrangements had been made available in all the government hospitals from the first day of heatwave.

“Though today, I came here without information but found good arrangements, doctors are working with full spirit and ownership.” He said he had been informed by the hospital management that more than 12,000 heat-stricken people were provided effective treatment and no heat-related death so far had been reported in the hospital yet.

KE REJECTS CLAIMS OF OUTAGES AT GOVT HOSPITALS

K-Electric has categorically rejected the allegations leveled against the power company’s performance by some provincial ministers and labeled them as ‘baseless’ in its press statement. The company’s statement said it was saddening to see how a power utility that had been labeled as one of the best distribution companies of the country was being targeted from all fronts.

The KE spokesperson negated the allegations made by the provincial ministers where they blamed the power utility for heat-related deaths in Karachi by stating, “Ministers and government are fond of pointing fingers at the KE for every negative scenario prevalent in the city. The foremost reason behind heatstroke related deaths are dehydration and gastro diseases, as a majority of people fast in this holy month, it can lead to a significant water deficiency in the body.”

Citing experts views, he said due to lack of water supply in the city and lack of clean drinking water being available, the situation aggravated which resulted in the deaths of many. KE said it had been supplying uninterrupted electricity to the areas in the city including all government-owned hospitals that fall under high-loss areas as well.

It seems absurd that there are no backup generators present at the hospitals which the government is responsible for.