Karachiites irked over load-shedding on Asia Cup Final day

KARACHI: Karachi Electric (KE), formerly known as Karachi Electric Supply Corporation, continued to annoy KarachiItes after it continued its load-shedding schedule during the final of Asia Cup 2014 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Citizens were jubilant and setup big screens to enjoy the festivities of the match but it was marred after the load-shedding continued during the match with frequent intervals. The load-shedding during the match timings were reported in all parts of the city including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Shahra-e-Faisal, Defence and other areas.

A group of students setup big screen near Karachi Airport to enjoy the proceedings of the all important match that decided the champion of Asia but their jubilation was soon turned into frustration after the light went off during the final 10 overs of the match when Pakistani batsmen Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam dashed out at the Lankan bowlers scoring more than 100 runs in final 10 overs.

Talking to PPI, an avid supporter of Pakistan Cricket team Umar Ahmed said that they had set up big screen near Gulshan-e-Iqbal Chowrangi but when the match reached the peak of excitement, the electricity went-off. “We do not arrange a generator or any other alternative setup thinking that the KESC might not continue load-shedding during the important cricketing event. We are very annoyed as we were not able to enjoy the blistering innings of Pakistani batsmen,” he said with disappointment on his face.

It was not for the first time that KE continued its usual load-shedding during important cricket matches. The organization also refused to cut-off load-shedding schedule during an important league match of Asia Cup between two arch rivals Pakistan and India on March 2, 2014. Pakistan won that match by one wicket due to blistering innings of Shahid Afridi.

K-E Spokesman Ahmed Faraz was not available for comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, when contacted Muttahida Qaumi Movement Member Provincial Assembly, Irum Farooqui said that KE should avoid load-shedding during important cricket matches as it provide our people a chance to involve themselves in positive things. “Our society is frustrated with events of killings, suicide attacks and other criminal news and activities and at time when our players are providing people to enjoy some moments of their life, it is responsibility of the KE to avoid loadshedding during cricket match.”
She suggested that if they wanted to continue with their load-shedding due to shortage of electricity they could announce a schedule that could not affect the match timings. “They can even continue load-shedding after and before the match timings,“ she said.

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