The Water and Power ministry denied claims that it was carrying out forced load shedding. The ministry said that no forced load shedding occurred on Sunday in any part of the country. The ministry also claimed that prolonged load shedding was a result of electricity power lines getting damaged by heavy rain or other factors.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif, minister for Water and Power, claimed that his ministry was doing everything possible to minimize load shedding during Ramadan. He said the ministry isn’t supplying electricity to the industry sector from 7 pm to 4 am which is helping residential customers receive constant electricity. He also urged customers not to use ACs during regular prayers which would help reduce the stress on the transformers.
The first few days of Ramadan has seen protests held country wide against excessive load-shedding. Some areas of the country witnessed load shedding for up to 20 hours. High temperatures have resulted in the increase of electricity use; putting unexpected demand on the feeders. More than 100 people have been killed so far in Karachi because of the heat and excessive load-shedding. Protests have been held in Shahman, Azizabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Abul Hassan Isfahani Road, Tipu Sultan Road, and Malir against load-shedding. Protests were also held in other parts of the country, mainly Hyderabad, Multan, Khairpur and Thatta against excessive load-shedding.