A long-standing power crisis in Pakistan with endemic load-shedding has resulted in an all party conference demanding that the government nationalise the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).

Representatives from a range of political parties, religious groups, unions and civil society said that since KESC had failed to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity it should be renationalised.

Speakers at the conference called for a withdrawal of tariff increases, reinstatement of all released employees with backpay, and KESC to be required to run its power plants at a sufficient capacity to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Karachi.