ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Monday remarked that the government must take people onboard while fixing power tariff; otherwise, masses would raise questions on government's practice of carrying out loadshedding and raising electricity tariff simultaneously.
A three-member bench of the apex court led by the chief justice heard the loadshedding case. During the proceedings, Justice Chaudhry said that the petition pertaining to set power tariff was filed in July 2012. He questioned the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority as to how the electricity rates are fixed.
The NEPRA chairman replied that the authority increased the power tariff on the request of the federal government.
Meanwhile, Justice Jawad S Khwaja remarked that the court showed patience because the government was itself withdrawing the notification. He said that the common masses could not understand while reading the electricity bills that which tax has been imposed on them.
The hearing of the case would resume on today (Tuesday).
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said that privatisation of national institutions is government-related issue and court would not intervene into the matter.
This was stated by a three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed during hearing of the LPG quota case.
The court said that after 9/11 incident, multi-national companies invested in various sectors but Pakistan was adversely affected due to menace of terrorism.
On the other hand, Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that opposition would protest in the upcoming session of the National Assembly against raise in prices of electricity and petroleum products.
Speaking to media persons outside the Parliament House ‚ he said the PPP would continue to play its role of genuine opposition. However‚ he said the PML-N government should be allowed to complete its term.
Talking about the foreign tours of the incumbent govt, he said that the opposition is not being taken into confidence on the recent visits. The PPP leader slammed the govt for not making public the report of the Abbottabad Commission.
He also expressed concern that the Parliament is yet to complete despite passing 145 days. The government is negating from its statements on various issues, he added. Commenting on Bilawal's speech, Khursheed said that Bilawal’s recent speech at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh is a good beginning in politics.
The opposition leader hoped that the PM's visit to the US would serve the national interests.
To a question, Khursheed said, "When the PPP was in power, we had clear foreign policy to maintain good relations with neighbouring countries and suggested the PML-N-led government to follow the same for regional peace and in countries interest."
He added that Pakistan is an independent and sovereign state and “we should not yield to any pressure while formulating our foreign policy.” He said the loadshedding in the country has not reduced‚ in spite of payment of 500 billion rupees of circular debt. He demanded an audit on this count.
On talks with Taliban, he said on one side President Mamnoon Hussain gives statement that peace talks with Taliban is in progress while, on the other, Taliban negate the statements of the President or government. He added it seems talks are being held with some other unknown party which needed to be revealed.
The opposition will strongly protest against the privatisation of public entities, "We will not cooperate with the government on this issue", he added. Khursheed said that former president Asif Ali Zardari will face corruptions charges.