Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday lashed out at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for allegedly punishing the residents of NA-4 – who voted his party to victory in the recent bye-poll – by depriving them of electricity supply.
“Shocking and condemnable behaviour by PMLN – after losing NA-4 bye-election, trying to remove transformers provided in that constituency during election campaign,” tweeted the PTI chairman.
He said that people had become wise and bribe would not work on them. He added that the move showed PML-N’s utter contempt for people’s welfare.
The interruption in the power supply had compelled the residents to finally take to the streets earlier this week, creating a law and order situation.
On Thursday, the irate residents marched towards the relevant grid station located near the Matani police station. They chanted slogans against the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) as police took up positions to thwart any untoward situation.
A few years ago also, the Matani police station had been burnt by an angry mob.
Moreover, officials had also been deployed to keep the Indus Highway open.
PML-N’s Nasir Musazai had earlier told The Express Tribune. “Yes, it is true that we used to request Wapda to provide uninterrupted power supply to Koh-e-Daman [five union councils of provincial assembly constituency PK-10] and we thought that people had realised their mistake of voting for PTI in the 2013 general elections.”
After thumbing PML-N, NA-4 left ‘powerless’
He added that during their election campaign, they told the people that if elected, they would try and resolve their issues, including talking to departments of power and gas. But they had again elected a PTI candidate.
“The people should now ask the person they have elected [PTI’s Ayub] to resolve their issues as we no more enjoy any powers,” Musazai frankly told The Express Tribune, adding, “We cannot face them anymore [party leadership which once ordered uninterrupted power supply]