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Taliban threat over heat power cuts

Published 26/06/2015

People sit outside a local hospital where hundreds of people are suffering from heatstroke and dehydration in Hyderabad, Pakistan (AP)
People sit outside a local hospital where hundreds of people are suffering from heatstroke and dehydration in Hyderabad, Pakistan (AP)

The Pakistani Taliban warned today that it will target the country's main electrical company if it does not end power cuts in the country's south - where an intense heatwave has killed 866 people in the past week.

In a statement released today, 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.

The chronic power cuts during a record heatwave have caused public protests in Karachi.

The K-Electric company, in a statement, has blamed technical faults and surging demand for the outages.

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

Temperatures in southern Pakistan began to drop yesterday, fuelling hopes that the worst of the heatwave has passed. But authorities said heatstroke patients were still being taken to Karachi hospitals.

Six more people who were being treated for heat-related ailments died overnight in Karachi, raising the death toll to 866, Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, director-general at Provincial Disaster Management Authority told the Associated Press.

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