Power riots in Pakistan

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  1. Daredevil

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    Recently there has been a lot of load-shedding in Pakistan which is eventually leading to businesses being shut-down on after the other. The poer-cuts in some cases reached unto 20hrs a day in certain cities and villages and 12hrs pwer-cuts is the norm across all the cities and its even worse in villages. This made people come onto the roads for rioting to protest the power-cuts. In this thread we gather all news and views about the power-cuts in Pakistan and ensuing violence as a result.

     
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    Analysis: Power sector woes - living from tanker to tanker

    By Khurram Husain
    Published: October 5, 2011

    KARACHI: Pakistan is living from tanker to tanker. Every month, something like six to nine cargoes of furnace oil dock at the Keamari oil terminals in Karachi and their cargo is ferried to power plants upcountry almost immediately.

    Each tankers cargo is consumed within days by the hungry power plants that have sprung up across Punjab as power sector reforms stalled in the late 1990s. Every day, these power plants consume more than one billion rupees worth of furnace oil
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    If this precarious supply line breaks, the power plants shut down within days since none of the players in this game can afford to maintain stocks, and the country’s power generation falls steeply.

    The riots engulfing cities across Punjab are a sly reminder that countries living from tanker to tanker might want to refrain from threats to cut off other people’s supply lines, because Pakistan’s energy supply line is now operating in the danger zone and even the slightest disruption can send shockwaves through our society.

    The silver lining is this: the crisis has spurred a hectic round of activity in Islamabad. Everybody, it seems, has woken up to the power sector’s woes. From the President and Prime Minister, to senior private sector players, Islamabad has been abuzz with meetings and proposals for radical restructuring.

    The results need to show within days. As of this month, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has defaulted on its payments to refineries, and has letter of credit (LC) payments in excess of Rs80 billion to pay. HUBCO is comprehensively shut, weighed down under a fuel bill of over Rs65 billion, and KAPCO’s output is slowed to a trickle of less than 150 MW. Between them, these plants contribute up to 2,600 MW to the national grid.

    A total of 3,500 MW of generating capacity has been shut down due to inability to pay their fuel bills. A ‘normal’ shortfall of 3,500 MW for this time of year has therefore ballooned to 7,000 MW, the largest it has ever been.

    The crisis has been sparked by the refusal of Pakistan’s creditors to continue financing power sector losses in the absence of serious and fundamental reform decisions, and the refusal of the finance ministry to play along as well.

    Firefighting will not help the situation any more. If fundamental reforms are not undertaken in earnest, and decisions taken before the weekend, the collapse can spread to the financial sector as well which is caught up in the net of the circular debt as an unwilling accomplice.

    That means it doesn’t end here. Riots in the streets can be matched by default on domestic and international obligations. PSO has been avoiding default on its Letters of Credit on oil imports by getting the banks to convert these LC’s into loans.

    Once the reverberations reach the financial sector, this will turn into an economic meltdown in addition to a social upheaval.

    The decisions that are required are no secret. We are suffering from our growing dependence on imported furnace oil for power generation, a dependence that is boosted by our dwindling gas reserves. Additionally, our power plants are choked with inefficiencies, our distribution system plagued by leakages and losses and recovery issues.

    Last night PSO received 10 billion rupees payment from HUBCO, KAPCO and WAPDA, barely enough to pay for 10 days worth of supplies. On Monday night the Petroleum Minister gave a ‘directive’ to PSO to continue supplying subsidised furnace oil to KESC. The directive did not say how the government intends to pay for the differential, nor did it clarify how last year’s price differential claims, that are still pending, will be cleared.

    This action does not inspire confidence. What is needed is a set of fundamental and strategic decisions that hand over operative control of the power supply chain to independent bodies staffed by private sector professionals. Ad hoc decisions, constant firefighting, and government by directive is the approach that got us into this situation, and it must be abandoned immediately if this crisis is going to be contained.
     
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    I about actually going to post this in the Jokes Thread

    Taliban blow their fuse: Electricity first, Shariah later

    :shocked:
     
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    Now we know where to hit in the event of war. I even shudder to think that Pakistan will be ready for a war in such precarious situation where they cannot even maintain a steady supply of oil due to lack of money. Hit karachi and naval blockade of karachi will suffice to make Pakistan to come to its knees.
     
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    Power crisis triggers riots across Pakistan

    Riots erupted in different towns and cities all over Pakistan as people came out on the streets to protest against widespread power cuts, for periods as long as 18 hours in a day.

    In Lahore, young men attacked vehicles and in two instances stopped trains from proceeding to their destinations, as police tried to control the rising violence. The opposition Pakistan

    Muslim League said it supported the protestors while the Prime Minister called for an emergency energy conference to deal with the situation.

    "We are with the protestors. We will stage a long march to Islamabad to protest against the power cuts which are crippling the economy," said opposition leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, as he told party members in Islamabad on Monday.

    Sharif said that President Zardari "was not fit to rule" and should "be removed from power."

    On Sunday, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif had alleged that the centre was "discriminating against Punjab" and that the people of the province were being punished.

    The Punjab province, which is seeing an dengue epidemic in Lahore and adjoining areas in which over 140 people have died in the past two months, says that frequent power cuts mean that people are suffering and dying unnecessarily.

    "The machines are not working. The operation theaters are closed," said Shahbaz Sharif.

    At the emergency energy summit held in Islamabad on Monday, Prime Minister Gilani ordered that billions of rupees owed to private power companies be paid immediately so that they in turn could pay the money owed to petroleum companies. A government spokesman also said that the matter was being "politicized at a very critical time for the country."

    It is estimated the power shortfall in the country exceeds 7,000 megawatts. Vehicular traffic between Lahore and Islamabad remained blocked as protestors blocked the main GT Road.

    Industrial activity in Faisalabad, the country's largest industrial city, was also suspended in protest against the power cuts.

    The main road between Karachi and Hyderabad were also affected.

    It is feared that more violence will be witnessed in the country in the coming days.

    HindustanTimes-Print
     
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    just see the steps their govt introduces in the name of power reforms.-

    all shops to shutter down by 8pm.
    2 days off for industries. means no production in weekend,
    office ac to be switched on after 11 am.
    spending like never before on gasification of thar coal. whose investment cant be recovered even after they are used for whole lifecycle.
    stress on hyper expensive solar and wind energy powerplant.( pak have no solar pv industry and wind energy is on the mercy of inefficient govt agency. they put up wind turbines but when journo went to the site after 6 months all the blades were missing.)

    but surprisingly they havent laid focus on cfl promotion, no stress on solar water heater. no stress on solar street lighting and not at all on curbing electricity stealing.(and i know the reason. becoz india have these policies so martially superior pakis cant use them or apply them)

    they really dont require India, they are on self destruct mode.
     
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    Sometimes I really feel sorry for Pakistan!

    What a shamble!

    What great hope they had when they had their 'own' country.

    And what their 'own' country, carved to save themselves from Hindu domination, has become a country that they have to save themselves from themselves!
     
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    GOP should make an announcement -

    "Please remain calm. We don't need electricity. We already have nukes!"
     
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    I have question, does electricity complies to sharia? I guess not, there should be a fatwa against the rioters for not adhering to Islam. Let another round of killing commence
     
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    maza agaya:lol::lol::lol::tea::tea::balle::balle::balle::balle:
     
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    bhard me jaye pakistan aur uske log
     
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    Saar, that's the role of IN. stop fuel supply by blockade. But then when they are willing to live on grass, they can live in the dark in an event of a war with India.
     
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    Y/B, even terror strike in those dock yards & terminals can give the militants the fullest control.

    Regards
     
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    Such situations were not much better in India in the 1980s - remember our "dark decade" - those of you who were born then that is.

    However, it is doubly scary for Pakistan since Pakistan has vast political unrest, Islamic fundamentalists waiting to get into power AND a nuclear armed military.

    Why should India be concerned? Because when things start getting really chaotic, some jackass politician can come to power and decalre that "India is the root of all problems in Pakistan" - and start a war with India, which will end in nuclear exchange. It would be a typical example of one desperate group of people dragging their neighbors down to their own level, after failing to "keep up with the Joneses."

    On the other hand, if Pakistan self-implodes and is divided into 3-4 nations (Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab and NWFP), maybe the threat to India will be much reduced and we can get PoK back in our folds.

    One can hope! :D
     
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    ^^ We risk turning one falling object into many!!
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    this ppl are frustrated coz they are missing their daily dose of star plus coz of load shedding.......

    Jinnah would be proud soul and his having fun with his 70 virgins for creating pakistan:frusty:
     
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    You're saying it all wrong Ray sir. It is "Evil Hindoo zionists in saffron robes and their Nazi loving Buddhist sidekicks". I've not been able to shake that statement off since the day I was told that on our friendly next door forum. :rofl:
     

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