In Islamabad, the Pakistani government banned wedding ceremonies after 22:00

In Islamabad, the Pakistani government banned wedding ceremonies after 22:00

The Pakistan government has imposed a ban on wedding events after 10 p.m., beginning from Wednesday, due to the continued electricity scarcity and worsening power disruptions. The restriction was imposed on Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s directives. It went on to say that directives had been sent to cut down on the number of dishes served at the ceremonies. The visitors will be served only one dish, according to the announcement, which will be made soon. According to the sources, the Islamabad police and city administration have been asked to strictly enforce the prohibition, with the administration taking stern action against violators in the event of a violation.

Currently, the basic power tariff is Rs 16.91 per unit and with an increase of Rs 7.9078 per unit, it will be more than Rs 24 per unit, reported Geo News. Meanwhile, it was reported a week earlier that Pakistan is facing an acute electricity crisis resulting in a power shortfall of 6,500 megawatts (MW) accompanied by long hours of load shedding, lasting up to 12 hours.

This comes amid the ongoing protests against the federal government for the power shortage in the country. The Pakistan government recently decided to increase the electricity tariff, adding to the woes of the people. Pakistani masses who are under the burden of rising inflation and a deteriorating economy were shocked by the rise in basic electricity tariff by Rs 7.9 per unit.

Against a demand of 26,000 megawatts, the power supply in the country remained at 19,500 megawatts, reported Ary News. Rural areas in Pakistan are experiencing power cuts for up to 12 hours. Further, the electricity shortfall of Lahore Electric Supply Company(LESCO) has reached 800 megawatts. Although the electricity demand is 4,800 megawatts, the electricity supply is 4,000 megawatts.

The closure of several power plants in Pakistan due to lack of fuel and other technical pitfalls has caused an electricity shortfall, resulting in power outages. Few powerplants also received capacity payments post-shutdown as well.

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