Highlights

  • Electricity shortage at critical level in Pak, unannounced power cut begins
  • Citizens are paying Pakistan Rupees 4.8 per unit for the electricity

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A relatively poor nation that’s highly dependent on energy imports, Pakistan has been hit especially hard by rising fuel costs

It is another crisis Pakistan, but this time it is not political but one with actual power. Pakistan is cutting electricity to households and industry for upto 12-16 hours as the country can no longer afford to buy coal or natural gas from overseas to fuel its power plants.

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Another Blow to the common man

The power shortfall has surged to around 4,500 megawatts. The circumstances are grave as big cities are facing hourly power outages during peak hours. In rural areas, people are not getting electricity from 12 to 16 hours.

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Meanwhile, the unannounced electricity load-shedding has also caused a water crisis in major cities of Punjab and other provinces. Major cities like Lahore and Karachi are facing a rather distressing situation due to the non-operation of tubewells because of the outages and the squeezed timetable.

Electricity charges go up by Rs 4.8 per unit

As the outage issues in Pakistan’s major city continues, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif allowed power distribution companies to increase tariffs and charge power consumers more.

Citizens will now have to pay an additional cost of Pakistan Rupees 4.8 per unit for the electricity they consumed since February.

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