Pakistan Cuts And Cuts, Even Weddings!

To the world, Pakistan is the scene of war and conflict with Taliban and al-Qaeda forces, but to the average citizen the key issue is when I turn on the light will anything happen other than continued darkness? Power shortages are dramatically impacting everyday life in Pakistan. To save energy, the government is transforming the one day weekend, to two days, pushing clocks ahead for an hour, and closing many factories for one day a week. There will be restrictions in street lighting and the gala festive Pakistani wedding reception will have a 9:00 p.m. curfew. In Punjab province there already are restrictions on neon lights and government offices must do without air conditioning until after 11:00 a.m.

A basic problem besides lack of energy sources is the tendency of Pakistanis to hook up their own lines to electric lines and get free electricity. One may assume for many Pakistanis it is not the Taliban they fear so much as darkness in their lives.