PIAF urges government to withdraw gas suspension orders immediately
LAHORE: While terming the discrimination in gas supply to the industry in Punjab a conspiracy against government, Pakistan Industrial Associations Front (PIAF) has urged the government to withdraw gas suspension orders immediately.
In a joint press statement issued here Monday, PIAF Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Vice Chairmen Iqbal Baig Chughtai, Shahzeb Akram, Lahore Township Industries Association Ch. Zaheer Bhutta and Chairman Ferozepur Road Industries Association Shahid Baig said that SNGPL decision regarding suspension of gas supply till further orders was actually a plot to kill both the industry and the industrial workers.
While expressing their surprise, they said that they were expecting good news on the part SNGPL but unfortunately the authorities had taken a totally otherwise step leaving the industrialists and the industrial workers in shock. Instead of taking corrective measures, they had worsened the situation further by stopping gas supply to the Lahore Township Industrial Area and other industrial areas.
"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. They said that owing to wrong government policies, the sufferings of the business community were multiplying with every passing day and they were unable to cope with day-to-day challenges.
The Industry leaders said that the industrialists would not be able to pay their dues if corrective measures were not taken immediately.
"The government is creating the future defaulters as nobody would be able to pay his banking dues when his industrial unit would be on the verge of closure."
They said that the economic crisis would further deepen in coming days as industry had failed to fulfill existing export orders what to talk of any new orders. They said that those who were talking of economic revival in given circumstances were actually befooling the masses as the situation had already gone out of hands and it would need special measures to control the situation.
They appealed to the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz sharif to play his role for early restoration of gas supply to the Punjab industry.
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