Haleem blames HESCO for PMT blast

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

03rd Aug, 2021. 03:16 pm

HYDERABAD: Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh has held the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) responsible for the deaths of 10 persons in the July 22 explosion in a pole-mounted transformer in Hyderabad.

Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh Sunday reached out to the families of the victims of the July 22 explosion in a Pole Mounted Transformer (PMT) which claimed 10 lives.

Sheikh expressed condolences with the families and assured them that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would support them to get justice by punishing the officials of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) who were responsible for the blast.

Later, while talking to the media he said the corrupt and age-old system of HESCO and the prevalent culture of getting the transformers repaired from the private electricians became the cause of the incident.

“I can’t accept it as an accident. Such a rotten system exists in HESCO. It’s a criminal act on part of the company and should be taken in that way.”

He said he knew that corruption and bad practices existed in HESCO. Sheikh expressed sadness that already 10 invaluable lives have been lost in the incident while nine other persons are under medical treatment in critical condition.

He said the concerned HESCO officials should be arrested and dismissed from services. He criticized the Hyderabad police for registering the FIR in haste. “The police lodged the FIR when the families were busy burying the bodies of their loved ones,” he said, suggesting that the complaints of the affected families had not been included in the FIR.

Sheikh said even if HESCO was an organization working under the federal government, it ought to be criticized and blamed for its failures. He assured the affected families that he would personally meet the PM and convey their complaints as well. He told the families that he was in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for the party’s electoral campaigning for the general elections there when that incident happened.

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