SHC moved to take action against water shortage, outages


A petition was filed in the Sindh High Court on Friday that sought action against the federal and provincial governments and K-Electric (KE) for failing to ensure supply of water and electricity to the citizens that led to the deaths of citizens in current scorching heat wave.

Petitioners Advocate Moulvi Iqbal Haider and two others filed a petition naming secretary law and justice, secretary power and energy sources, chairman Privatization Commission and Sindh chief secretary, director general health and chairman water and sewerage board as respondents.

In the petition, they submitted that over 1,000 deaths of people were caused by current intense heat wave coupled with water shortage and load shedding. They added the respondents had failed to provide the citizens with basic facilitates.

They alleged that an artificial water crisis was created with malafide intentions at the behest of tanker mafia who sold water at exorbitant rates. The petitioner said the Sindh government had also failed to provide proper healthcare facilities to the citizens which also caused deaths.

They said the federal and provincial governments laid blame on each other but no one took responsibility for unprecedented causalities. The petitioners pleaded the court to declare that provincial and federal government and K-electric were responsible for deaths of innocent people in Karachi. The court was further requested to declare that respondents are bound to provide facilities including water and power to the citizens.