Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company has served a legal notice upon the current and former presidents of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mian Abrar and Siraj Kasim Teli respectively, demanding unconditional apology and damages of Rs. One Billion for defamation through the making of defamatory and offensive remarks in the print and electronic media on December 3, 2011.
The notice asked the two KCCI presidents and industrialists to refrain from acting in an illegal manner since KCCI itself had together with KESC and SSGC signed an agreement on November 26, 2011 in the presence of the Governor of Sindh, H.E. Ishratul Ibad and Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, H.E. Dr. Asim Hussain for gas load management during the peak winter season.
In terms thereof, KESC had already complied with the relevant provisions including payment of Rs. 2 Billion to SSGC on November 29, 2011 but till date, SSGC had not been able to deliver the agreed quota of 180 MMCFD as promised to KESC. The notice has further said that KESC was shocked and dismayed to come across the two KCCI presidents’ published negative remarks released to media after the execution of the agreement between KESC, SSGC and KCCI.
It was also pointed out in the legal notice that these industrialists were violating the Government of Pakistan’s Natural Gas Allocation and Management Policy, 2005 which gives priority to domestic consumers, KESC and WAPDA over captive power producers like the industrialists themselves.
In fact, captive power producers are illegally accessing the gas supply meant for power utilities without lawful excuse and have therefore contributed to the current shortfall in gas supply to all consumers.
The legal notice warned that in the event of the failure of these two industrialists to provide an unconditional and full apology within seven days, KESC had provided clear instructions to commence legal proceedings against them for defamation and damages.
The legal notice stated that the defamatory and offensive remarks made by the two individuals has injured the good name and professional reputation of KESC, which has made innovative and pioneering steps since the present management took over in September, 2008 and has enhanced its generation capacity by 400 MW as well as an addition 560 MW coming online from its Bin Qasim plant, of which 350 MW had already been commissioned.
The notice also stated that KESC is a public limited company quoted on the key stock exchanges of the country and forming an important component of the KSE-100 index. It is in fact the first utility company in Pakistan to exempt all major industrial zones from schedule load shedding for the past two and a half years.
For more information, contact:
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11, Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641