Turbat saw citizens take to the streets on Wednesday, protesting the constant power outages. With districts such as Kech, Gwadar and Panjgur facing 16-18 hours of loadshedding, it is clear that residents have genuine grievances that brought them out on the roads. Add this to the temperatures these days in the region—around 50 degrees Celsius—and the problem becomes all the more urgent.

The issue here is compounded by the unfair treatment; the public is vaguely familiar with the fact that different parts of the country face varying amounts of scheduled power outages. This can be down to a number of reasons such as transmission lines, number of generating units in the area and overall share. But at the same time, this does not explain why parts of the capital and other provincial metropolises such as Lahore do not even face an hour of loadshedding per day, where these regions barely get any power to begin with. The differences are simply too stark.

It is hoped that the provincial and federal governments do not treat the demonstrators with a heavy hand, as has become a norm, when it comes to protestors without any influence. Instead, there must be an attempt to peacefully address concerns and allow them to feel that their demands have been heard, alongside the ability to be able to voice their protest through this demonstration.

All areas of the country must be provided at least something close to an equal share in the national power supply. Development of regions that are not granted an equitable resource base suffers in the long run; and the disparity continues to get worse over time. This is why the government must focus more on areas with developmental lags and shortage in resources. A federation is only as strong as its weakest parts, and it is time we make our country more equitable, cutting across lines usually associated with regions, ethnicities, class and gender.