by Nur & Farhat
Ansar Abbasi, an investigative reporter of the Jang media group, exposed a scandal related to the subsidized electricity provided to former president General Musharraf. The investigative report revealed that the former president was able to save millions of rupees, by ensuring provision of electricity at the subsidized tariff, customized for Wazairistan region.
People in Gilgit – Baltistan, not the commoners of course, also enjoy such special lines and ‘links’ that helps them save bucks, worth thousands, if not millions. Last year there were reports that Darbar Hotel, a beautifully constructed hotel, owned by Ghazanfar Ali Khan (CE), had not paid electricity bills worth hundreds of thousands of rupees for several months. Similarly, the house of the chief executive also has several special lines, to ensure that darkness doesn’t set in at the ‘new palace’, as his residence is generally known. These special lines had enraged youth last year, who attacked the residence and threw stones, breaking glass wares, protesting against social injustice and unequal treatment.
As the electricity crisis deepens throughout the country and also Gilgit – Baltistan, and as hundreds take to streets in Karachi to protest against power outages, the authorities concerned need to be more vigilant and efficient to avoid such unfortunate incident in our peaceful land.
There is an urgent need to finish all special lines, be those to residences or hotels or guest houses, of bureaucrats, politicians and other influential business figures.