Last update: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04pm

PPP, MQM MNAs stage walkout over possible cut in supply to K-E

Pakistan People''s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday staged a token walkout from the National Assembly against the federal government''s move aimed at taking back 650 megawatt power from K-Electric. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Shazia Mari of PPP said that the federal government under a specific plan is trying to take back 650 megawatt electricity from K-Electric.

She said that the federal government collects 65% tax from Karachi, but it is not ready to give electricity to the city. "We condemn this measure of the federal government," she said. Abdul Wasim of MQM also supported the views of Shazia Mari and said that the federal government is trying to take back 650 megawatt electricity from K-Electric on different pretexts. He said that Karachi gives 70% revenue to the federal government and 70% gas to the country.

Afterwards, the PPP and MQM members staged a walkout from the House on the issue. Earlier, the members of the Lower House of the Parliament criticised the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for its poor performance. They said that the PIA management should provide maximum facilities to its customers (passengers). Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said the PIA management should correct its affairs towards improving its performance. He said the Speaker ought to refer the issues of PIA management raised by the members to concerned Standing Committee of the House. He said that the Committee would summon the PIA Chairman and other senior officials in its meeting to thoroughly discuss the issue. Afterward, the Speaker referred the matter of PIA management to the Standing Committee for further deliberations.

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