WAPDA, DISCO employees vow to sit in till Gov’t revert privatization

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of WAPDA and DISCO’s employees across the Country gathered in the Capital to oppose the government and to halt privatization drive for WAPDA and power distributions companies of the country.

The WAPDA and NTDC employees including members of Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) reached in Islamabad today, to follow the footprint of government employees last week.

The WAPDA employees staged a protest at China Chowk and leaders of all Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Electric Workers Union across the country addressed to their colleagues from different power distribution companies. In addition to this several Union leaders including Abdul Latif Nizamani, Khursheed Ahmed Khan, Sajid Khursheed, Shahid Bari Chuhan and Ghulam Rasool Gujjar addressed the gathering.

The speakers condemned the government’s privatization drive of WAPA, Power Distribution companies and other government’s institutions. The speakers vowed to shut down the WAPDA power systems if their demands were not met by the government.

Khursheed Ahmed particularly denounced the yesterday statement of Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed on use of tear gas shell against protestors few days back. He advised the Interior Minister to keep some stock of tear shells aside for PDM forthcoming Islamabad March and sit in.

Later, the protestors headed towards D-Chowk to lodge their protest in front of Country’s top political leadership.