Power demand surges to 3,500MW

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Prolonged and unannounced load shedding has made the lives of Karachiites difficult as power demand has surged to 3,500 megawatt (MW) in the metropolis. According to details, electricity outages have reached the duration of ten to twelve hours in the name of load management in residential areas. K-Electric is also facing difficulties in resolving faults due to increased number of complaints. Furthermore, load shedding is being carried out in industrial areas as well and industrialists have voiced their concerns that business activities will stop if power outages continue like this. ==
ATC to indict Uzair Baloch in eight more criminal cases
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday resumed hearing eight criminal cases against Uzair Baloch. The ATC judge provided copies of charge-sheets filed in these cases to the Lyari gang kingpin for his likely indictment at the next hearing. The cases pertaining to the attack, murder and kidnapping of police officials were registered at Chakiwara and Kalakot police stations. He was presented in court at Central Jail, Karachi amid tight security with his head covered and both hands cuffed. The Rangers personnel were deployed in and outside the court to prevent any untoward incident. Earlier this week, the anti-terrorism court had indicted Uzair Baloch in a case related to the kidnapping and murder of a trader. The judge framed charges against the accused who denied having any role in the abduction and murder of Abdul Samad and opted to contest the charges. The court issued notices to the investigation officer and witnesses to turn up at next hearing for deposition. According to jail authorities, 54 criminal cases, including the Arshad Papu murder case are pending against Uzair Baloch.

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