Taliban threaten to attack K-Electric, if it did not end power outages

KARACHI: Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan warned on Friday that it would target the K-Electric, country’s main electrical company, if it did not end power outages in Karachi — where an intense heat wave has killed over 1000 people in the past week.

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In a statement released Friday, Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, also expressed his grief and condolences over the heat-related deaths in the southern port city of Karachi.

Read more: Heatwave death toll in Sindh mounts to 1,100

The chronic power cuts in the midst of a record heat wave have caused public protests in Karachi. The K-Electric company, in a statement, has blamed technical faults and surging demand for the power outages.

Khurasani’s group has been fighting to overthrow the Pakistani government and install its own harsh brand of Islamic law.

Temperatures in Karachi began to drop on Thursday, fueling hopes that the worst of the heat wave has passed. But authorities said heatstroke patients were still being brought to the Karachi hospitals.

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