In a recent ruling, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) prohibited the relevant departments from collecting fuel price adjustment (FPA) charges from consumers. A division bench of the PHC consisting of Justice Roohul Amin and Justice Shahid Khan heard the arguments.
Consequently, the bench issued notices to Wapda and Pesco prohibiting them from collecting FPA as part of their bills until further orders are issued. After hundreds of thousands of consumers were billed large amounts of FPA, Shahid Qayyum Khattak filed a writ petition in the PHC.
Pakhtunkhwa produced enough power from its water supply to the national grid to meet the city’s needs, he argued. While the province produces electricity from water, it is illegal to charge its customers for FPA.
Due to the arguments presented before the court, Wapda and Pesco were prohibited from collecting FPA from consumers and were issued notices.
Due to unprecedented inflation, hundreds of thousands of middle-class, lower-middle-class, and poor families were unable to afford such high charges.
The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court had also prohibited Wapda and distribution companies from collecting charges directly from electricity consumers. A recent challenge to the FPA has also been brought before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.