We warned you BB

In an earlier post, I asked in reference to the non-operational street lights,

Which department of the city administration is responsible for the provisioning of this public good and where does the funds allocated for this purpose go?

Apparently there is contention regarding the answer.

The Karachi Electric Supply Corporation, land-controlling authorities along Sharea Faisal and the city government on Friday became embroiled in a controversy over the operational control and responsibility for maintenance of streetlights along one of the city’s major arteries.


After the blasts on her procession on Thursaday, Benazir Bhutto pointed out that the streetlights on Shahrah e Faisal were turned off which impeded her security personnel from spotting the suicide bomber. She suggested that the street lights were turned off deliberately.

This claim sparked off a controversy among the administration bodies in the city, each trying to waive the responsibility.

A spokesman for the KESC argued on Friday that the power utility was not responsible for running the streetlights in the city.

An official of the Faisal Cantonment Board told Dawn that operation and maintenance of streetlights along Sharea Faisal was the responsibility of the city government.

Sources told Dawn that Sharea Faisal is controlled by several civic agencies, including the city government and cantonment boards.

However, they added, the entire road comes under the administrative control of the city government as the Sindh government had handed over its control to the now defunct Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.

City Nazim Mustafa Kamal also conceded that the operation and maintenance of streetlights on Sharea Faisal was the responsibility of the city government.

But the streetlights at the place of the suicide attack were properly working. It is wrong to say that the suicide bomber struck by taking advantage of darkness,” he added.

“Some streetlights on Sharea Faisal may have been off and we will find out why they were not on,” he said.

Lets hope when he tries to find out why the streetlights weren’t on on the SF, he can tell us why streetlights all over the city too remain off.

Source: Dawn

8 Comments so far

  1. ALAM (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    BB is asking about the lack of electricity like she is visiting Switzerland (not for court hearing, but for vacation)

    Lets ask her to spend her nights and days in Lyari, and count the number of hours she goes without water and electricity

    Maybe she will change her mind aftrewards


  2. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    I also thought of the same point.

    Benazir has retunred even more stupid than before. [moderared] ko maaloom nahi’n hae keh most karachi has no electricity most of the time.


  3. Straight Talker (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    Even the Italian Sonia Gandhi is more patriotic to India where she lives and heads the country’s ruling party.

    Did BB leave her children behind and came along all alone to screw Pakistan?

    Sorry but Pakistan deserves a woman leader like Benazir.

    Wake up Pakistan!


  4. ROGER DOGER (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    why cant our prime ministers household speak urdu properly ? :o

    (xcept mr zardari)


  5. ROGER DOGER (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:54 am

    ex pm i ment


  6. bluemax (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    I dont know why the media is shying away from showing that it was not a complete blackout. From the TV footage of Geo and Aaj one can see that streetlights were on.


  7. Syed Johny (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    @BLUE MAX!

    Exactly !! Mustafa KAmal was asked on the street light issue on Telephone in the TV programm MEray Mutabiq by Dr Shahid MAsood !

    Mustafa Kamal replied the same, that

    ” aap kay peechay blast kee slides chal rahin hain, dekh ker bata dain konsee street lights band theen??”


  8. Zee (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    ALAM: For once, we agree!



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