Pakistan’s army chief said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered that only WAPDA would handle a lingering tariff row with IPPs. “I have got the latest instruction or orders issued by the prime minister to everyone that … the IPPs will not deal with anyone other than WAPDA and its chairman,” General Pervez Musharraf said.

The Pakistan army took over the affairs of WAPDA in January, and an army general is heading the utility. The government has been involved in a bitter row with the IPPs over tariffs for the last year, and several agencies have been investigating claims of corruption with regard to the setting of the initial tariff rates.