Traders stage sit-in against dis­crim­i­na­tory gas sup­ply, RGST

The Pak Banker - - 2national - Staff Re­porter

LA­HORE: All the lead­ing trade and in­dus­trial as­so­ci­a­tions on Mon­day, on the call of the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, staged Dhrana out­side Gover­nor's House in protest against dis­crim­i­na­tion in gas sup­ply to the in­dus­try in Pun­jab and Re­formed Gen­eral Sales Tax.

Thou­sands of pro­test­ers be­long­ing to all the lead­ing trade and In­dus­trial as­so­ci­a­tions and cham­bers of com­merce in Pun­jab chanted fullthroat slo­gans against the dis­crim­i­na­tion in gas sup­ply and Re­formed Gen­eral Sales Tax.

The pro­test­ers were car­ry­ing banners in­scribed with slo­gans against, for what they said, ' dis­crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tude' of the govern­ment.

These or­ga­ni­za­tion in­cluded La­hore, Sheikhupura Cham­bers, All Pak­istan An­jum-e-Ta­ji­ran, Quomi Ta­jir It­te­had, La­hore Town­ship In­dus­trial Area As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istan Hosiery Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Shah­dra In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istan Ready­made Gar­ments Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, Katar­bund Road In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion, Ferozepur Road In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion, Steel Melters As­so­ci­a­tion, Steel Re-rolling Mills As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istan Tow­els Man­u­fac­tur­ers, All Pak­istan Tex­tile Pro­cess­ing Mills As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istan Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istan Tan­ners As­so­ci­a­tion and Pak­istan Au­to­mo­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion.

The protest was jointly led by LCCI Pres­i­dent Shahzad Ali Ma­lik, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Arshad, Vice Pres­i­dent So­hail Azhar, Act­ing Pres­i­dent All Pak­istan An­jum-e-Ta­ji­ran Khalid Per­vaiz, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ab­dul Raz­zaq Bab­bar, for­mer LCCI Pres­i­dent Mian An­jum Nisar, Shahzad Azam Khan of Hosiery Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Tahir Javaid Ma­lik, Cen­tral Chair­man All Pak­istan Tex­tile Pro­cess­ing Mills As­so­ci­a­tion Maq­sood Butt, Chair­man Pak­istan Skill Devel­op­ment Coun­cil Rehmat­ul­lah Javaid, An­waar A Sheikh, PIAF Chair­man Ir­fan Qaiser Sheikh, Vice Chair­man Khawaja Shahzeb Akram, for­mer PIAF Chair­man Mian Abuzar Shad, Khawaja Shahzad Nasir, Ha­roon Shafiq Chaudhry, Nas­rul­lah Mughal, Syed Mehmood Ghaz­navi and Fahimur Rehman.

Ad­dress­ing the pro­test­ers, the Trade and In­dus­try lead­ers said that the gas sus­pen­sion plan was a well thought-out con­spir­acy against the govern­ment and the peo­ple sit­ting at the helm of af­fairs must take no­tice of it. They said that the en­tire in­dus­try and the in­dus­trial work­ers had been pushed to the wall.

" It is not the in­dus­try alone that is suf­fer­ing badly but it is the en­tire econ­omy that is fac­ing un­prece­dented chal­lenges." They said that the govern­ment was com­mit­ting 'eco­nomic mas­sacre' of the in­dus­trial work­ers by turn­ing the prov­ince into a trad­ing place in­stead of a man­u­fac­tur­ing hub.

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Qa­mar Za­man Kaira par­tic­i­pat­ing in the open­ing ses­sion af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the In­ter­na­tional Youth Con­fer­ence “Build­ing Bridges Across the World” ar­ranged in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing at PNCA. -App

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