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Load shedding continues as power deficit exceeds 7,000 MW

The power deficit in Pakistan has surpassed 7,000 megawatts (MW), which has led to a worsening of the country’s Load shedding.

According to the information available, the nation will likely experience unannounced load-shedding for 10–15 hours because the amount of available electricity has hit 7000MW.

The available supply of electricity was only 22,000 MW, while the demand for electricity reached its highest point at 29,000 MW, according to sources in the power division.

According to what they indicated, several of the metropolitan centers and rural areas are going through load shedding between the hours of 12 and 14.

The extended load-shedding has made the lives of the general populace even more miserable by making it more challenging to do routine tasks.

In the meantime, protracted power load-shedding in Karachi has begun to create a law and order issue in the port city. This is because citizens who are irritated with the unannounced power disruptions have taken to the streets and staged protests in various districts of the metropolis.

Several neighborhoods, including Lyari, Hijrat Colony, Sultanabad, Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Johar, and others, are currently dealing with severe power outages.

Traders in Saddar organized a protest demonstration against K-Electric for its continuous power interruptions in order to voice their displeasure with the company. The angry demonstrators set fire to their monthly utility bills in an act of defiance.

During their speeches, the merchants of Karachi stated that despite the high cost of their monthly electricity bills, they continue to experience lengthy power outages, which has severely hampered their ability to conduct business.

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Shehbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, dropped hints about the possibility of further load-shedding during the month of July on Monday, citing the rising cost of oil and gas on the international market.

In his address to the legislative representatives of the coalition partners in Islamabad, he made this statement.

It was reported that he said something to the effect that “there are problems of gas and oil, and load-shedding may worsen in July.” According to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the country’s populace is dealing with difficult economic conditions.

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