KHUZDAR: Almost the entire province of Balochistan plunged into darkness when four transmission lines between Sibi and Mach were destroyed in a thunderstorm. It is well-known that the province is facing many security and human rights challenges. The power crisis caused by the collapse of poor infrastructure is adding to the suffering of the people of Balochistan. The duration of load-shedding has recently increased from 14 to 16 hours and in some remote areas of the province, there is almost no power.
The Quetta Electricity Supply Company (Qesco) team has not started repair work on the four destroyed transmission lines despite the lapse of many days. According to Qesco, 355MW are available against a total demand of 1,650MW. We request the government to take measures to do something about the power shortage for the sake of the better future of the province and country.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2015.
Security in Balochistan
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The reported kidnapping of seven coal-miners in Balochistan is a big question mark on the state of law and order situation in the province. Everybody admits that Balochistan lags behind in development from the rest of the country. But this does not absolve the government of its responsibilities to provide security to the poor workers.
The Balochistan government is requested to provide security to the people working at different coal-mines and also take effective steps for the release of kidnapped miners. Special attention is needed on law and order by both by the governor and CM of Balochistan if they are really interested in the development of the province.
Lt-Cdr (r) R Riaz Akbar