Traders stage sit-in against discriminatory gas supply, RGST
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.
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