Pak SC admits plea seeking to stop electricity import from India
Last Updated: Friday, April 06, 2012, 16:29
  
Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court has accepted a petition seeking to prevent the import of electricity from India at a time when the country is grappling with a crippling energy shortage.

The apex court yesterday admitted the petition filed by the Watan Party despite objections from the court registrar's office.

The petition asked the court to bar authorities from accepting India's reported offer to supply 5,000 MW of electricity to meet urgent energy needs.

A two-judge bench of the apex court heard the petitioner's lawyer Zafarullah Khan, who asked the court to stop the government from importing electricity from India.

The petition said any such deal would be "shameful" for Pakistan, alleging that India produces electricity from "stolen water from illegal dams."

Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court has accepted a petition seeking to prevent the import of electricity from India at a time when the country is grappling with a crippling energy shortage.

The apex court yesterday admitted the petition filed by the Watan Party despite objections from the court registrar's office.

The petition asked the court to bar authorities from accepting India's reported offer to supply 5,000 MW of electricity to meet urgent energy needs.

A two-judge bench of the apex court heard the petitioner's lawyer Zafarullah Khan, who asked the court to stop the government from importing electricity from India.

The petition said any such deal would be "shameful" for Pakistan, alleging that India produces electricity from "stolen water from illegal dams."

Pakistani cities are struggling with power cuts of six to eight hours every day while the outages in rural areas last up to 18 hours.

Experts have said the energy shortfall is expected to increase with the onset of summer.

Temperatures have already soared in most parts of the country.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 06, 2012, 16:29


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