Karachi residents rally against load shedding in old city areas

Citizens of Lyari, including women and children, along with Faisal Edhi from the Edhi Foundation, held a protest rally on Sunday against prolonged power outages in the old city areas.

The rally commenced from Ath Chowk at 2 pm under scorching heat, and proceeded through various routes to reach the Karachi Press Club (KPC). Faisal Edhi briefly joined the protest in Lyari.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Edhi stated that numerous people had died from suspected heatstroke in the city, as evidenced by the Edhi Foundation’s mortuaries being filled with bodies. He criticized the government’s claim that only ’12 to 13′ people had died, calling it a ‘misrepresentation’ of the facts.

He explained that most of the bodies brought to their mortuaries were from areas suffering from prolonged power outages. He demanded that FIRs be registered for these deaths and that the victims’ families be compensated.

Later, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Sajjad Soomro joined the protesters at the KPC.

At the KPC, leaders of the non-governmental organization Lyari Bachao Tehreek, including Sabir Baloch, Parveen Naz, and Bashir Baloch, addressed the crowd. They stated that for the past four months, they had endured up to 18 hours of loadshedding daily.

These outages, they claimed, had exacerbated mental anguish and hindered the youth’s ability to prepare for exams. The speakers asserted that in the past five days, 1,076 people had died in Karachi due to suspected heatstroke, predominantly in areas experiencing up to 18 hours of loadshedding. This information, they said, was confirmed by the Edhi Foundation.

The protesters demanded the cancellation of KE’s license and threatened to withhold bill payments and set fire to electric meters in various parts of the city as part of their protest movement.

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