Crackdown continues on energy thieves

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The nationwide operation against power theft continues into its second consecutive day. In Lahore, a district enforcement committee, led by the city’s deputy commissioner, was established to combat electricity theft. This committee’s mandate includes initiating cases against those involved in power theft and promptly disconnecting electricity from such locations. The police department will file cases against electricity thieves and provide the committee with investigative updates within a 14-day timeframe.

K-Electric, in a recent statement, reported that its anti-theft teams in Karachi remained vigilant around the clock. They disclosed having conducted over 14,000 anti-power theft operations this year, averaging around 1,800 per month. During these operations, approximately 94,000 illegal hook connections, weighing 130,000 kilograms, were removed.

Additionally, the Multan Electric Power Company replaced 270 officers, and Faisalabad Electricity Supply Company (Fesco) followed with 230 officer replacements. Furthermore, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Composite Circle Sargodha apprehended a Fesco official in the act of accepting a bribe, as per their statement.

Mushtaq Ahmed, stationed at the Fesco office in Sahiwal tehsil, faced official action in the presence of a judicial magistrate. Ahmed had solicited Rs30,000 from a citizen to reduce their electricity bill. The money was seized from him, resulting in the filing of a case.

Meanwhile, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, two power thieves were detained in Peshawar, with 40 cases registered against others in Mardan. Balochistan disconnected a total of 67 illegal power connections, and in the federal capital, numerous illicit connections were terminated.

Muhammad Awais Raza is a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the Government College University (GCU). Awais can be contacted via email at He is also available on Twitter under the handle @Awais_raza512