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Karachi Electric Supply Company welcomes Supreme Court’s verdict warning protestors from disrupting operations and harassing staff

Karachi, August 25, 2012 (PPI-OT): Karachi Electric Supply Company welcomes the Supreme Court Verdict in a case which was lodged by the ex-CBA in 2011; strongly forewarning Illegal Protesters From disrupting operations/ business; Blocking Public Access to Offices and Harassing Staff/Consumers.

This verdict will go a long way in the interest of Public Service companies in particular and private sector companies in general. KESC also flagged caution, that certain elements are engaging in the misinterpretation of the judgment in a misguiding manner which could invite untoward happenings.

In its landmark judgment on Thursday, the Supreme Court has categorically upheld KESC’s right to have free and unfettered access to its offices and installations without any blocking by the union activists or illegal strikers, KESC said. The apex court order has stated that the union members “would not indulge in any act which would either deny the access of the public or the KESC’s employees and officers to their office buildings, go-downs and installations or damage any public property or that of KESC. Needless to say that if any such act is committed, the law would take its own course.”

In other words, simply put, it meant that the right to protest peacefully shall not and can not be flayed so as to harass or intimidate members of the public trying to access KESC’s office and/or its installations. Any failure by the violators to abide by this injunction, shall lead way for the law to initiate action against such subversive activity.

KESC’s advocate Mr. Abid S. Zuberi had also explained in detail before the Supreme Court as to how the union members had historically been attacking KESC’s offices and installations and blocking access and movement of the utility’s employees, creating severe disruption in the normal functioning of the public utility.

KESC also contradicted the wrong impression created in a section of media to the effect that the Supreme Court had set aside Sindh High Court’s earlier order which had banned unlawful and violent protests last year. KESC said that the Supreme Court verdict had in no way declared the Sindh High Court judgment as null and void but in fact had upheld it being on the same lines as that of the Supreme Court.

For more information, contact:
Adil Murtaza
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11,
Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar,
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641
Email: adil.murtaza@kesc.com.pk

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