FAISALABAD, PESHAWAR, (SANA): Irked by prolonged power outages, residents of Faisalabad took to roadson Tuesday and went on rampage during their protest, ransacking offices of WAPDA and FESCO power company; meanwhile the people of Peshawar also protested against the prolonged and unannounced load shedding of electricity at Badh Ber area. The protestors blocked the Kohat Peshawar road for traffic and demanded the higher authorities to resolve the issues immediately.
The people come on the roads after offering Fajar prayer because the announcements were made in the loud speakers of mosques for the protest.
On the other hand in Faisalabad holding clubs and stones in their hands, hundreds of protestors attacked WAPDA’s sub divisional office on Shaikhopura road and ransacked its premises.
The infuriated protestors also clashed with police who restored aerial firing and chased the youths till their homes in response to the stone-pelting.
After ransacking the government office, the angry demonstrators turned to Faisalabad Electric Supply Company’s (FESCO) grid station and damaged furniture inside it, giving vent to their anger over the unannounced load-shedding.
The unruly mob looted several shops on the Lahore Road after hour-long hide-and-seek with armed police parties in sizzling heat.
Finding no other way to break up the protest into streets, the law enforcers finally barged into several homes and rounded up dozens of rioters.
Frustrated with the unannounced load shedding in the city, residents are protesting in several areas. Protestors claim that they have to endure 14-16 hours of load shedding on a daily basis.
Protestors have also burnt tyres and blocked several roads of Faisalabad and police have used baton charging to disperse them.
After a grid station was attacked, police entered several residences and assaulted individuals. The police baton-charged the protesters.
Meanwhile, in an interview with a private TV channel, DCO Faisalabad Najam Ahmed Shah said that situation in Faisalabad is under control and there is a special area where a grid station was attacked, adding that there are some particular people who did the act for a particular reason.
He said that the people of the area demands extra quantity of electricity whereas the apex court has directed for uniform load shedding in the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif summoned report about the baton-charge of the police against protestors in Faisalabad.
Meanwhile, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed Munawar Hasan and JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, have condemned the brutal baton- charge by the police on the people in Faisalabad protesting over the prolonged load shedding and said this was something unpardonable.
In a joint statement here, they said that the people who were being denied their basic needs had the democratic right to protest and the attempt to crush them through state machinery was condemnable.
They said that the masses expected quick solutions from the new government for their problems and the rulers should bend their all energies in that direction.
The JI leaders also appealed to the masses to lodge peaceful protests and refrain from violence and damaging the state property as this would harm their just cause.