PIAF urges govern­ment to with­draw gas sus­pen­sion or­ders im­me­di­ately

The Pak Banker - - 2national - Staff Re­porter

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.

QUETTA: Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan Nawab Muham­mad As­lam Khan Raisani talk­ing to the me­dia per­sons af­ter the Balochis­tan Assem­bly ses­sion. -On­line

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