On hold: Government halts process of appointing NEPRA member

The Establishment Division has put the appointment of a member of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on hold after finding that the man nominated for the slot has been allegedly involved in millions of rupees worth of power theft, an official says.

Earlier, the cabinet had approved the appointment of Quetta Electric Supply Company’s (Quesco) former chief executive officer Rehmatullah Baloch as member of power-sector regulator Nepra.

Later, it was unearthed that Baloch was facing charges of power theft worth over Rs20.9 million and his case had also been referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) – the anti-corruption watchdog.

Published in The Express Tribune, 27th February, 2018