Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan residents reel under severe power cuts amid Ramadan
People in Gilgit-Baltistan region are protesting the rising power cut cases even when the nation is observing the holy month of Ramadan.
Power cuts for more than 20 hours in some districts of the region have left people irritated.
Gilgit-Baltistan, an impoverished part of the larger Kashmir region, is the gateway of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with high potential to generate energy from hydropower, but its residents have so far reaped few rewards of the $65 billion infrastructure project, reports Arab News.
Despite promises by leaders that the trouble will soon be solved, there seems to be no end to the problem.
“There is no electricity in our village,” Ghulam Nabi Sanai, from Ghanche district, told Arab News on Wednesday. “We registered complaints about the absence of electricity, but no power department officials heard us. That’s why we had to stage a sit-in.”