PIAF urges CM to take up mat­ter of gas sus­pen­sion

The Pak Banker - - 2national - Staff Re­porter

LA­HORE: The busi­ness com­mu­nity has urged the Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Mian Mo­ham­mad Shahbaz Sharif to take up the mat­ter of gas sus­pen­sion to the Pun­jab in­dus­try with the Prime Min­is­ter and play his role to get this is­sue re­solved as the in­dus­try of Pun­jab was on death bed.

In a joint press state­ment is­sued here Tues­day, Pak­istan In­dus­trial and Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Front (PIAF) Chair­man Ir­fan Qaiser Sheikh, Vice Chair­men Iqbal Baig Chugh­tai, Shahzeb Akram, La­hore Town­ship In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion Chaudhry Za­heer Bhutta, Se­nior Vice Chair­man Shahzad Mughal, Chair­man Ferozepur Road Atari In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion Shahid Baig and Pres­i­dent Kahna Kacha In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion Mehmood Akhtar said that dis­crim­i­na­tion with Pun­jab in gas sup­ply had not only put the liv­ing of thou­sands fam­i­lies on stake but also wreck­ing the econ­omy of this largest prov­ince of the coun­try.

They said that thou­sands hun­dreds in­dus­trial units had closed down their op­er­a­tions and thou­sands in­dus­trial work­ers had lost their em­ploy­ment and if the sit­u­a­tion re­mains same, peace could be at risk.

They said that anti-in­dus­try at­ti­tude of SNGPL au­thor­i­ties was push­ing the in­dus­try to­wards an­ni­hi­la­tion.

They said that the ex­porters were los­ing their ex­ports or­ders as the gas sus­pen­sion to the Pun­jab in­dus­try has halted the pro­duc­tion process and days were not so far when the Pun­jab would be­come a trad­ing place in­stead of man­u­fac­tur­ing hub.

They urged the Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yousaf Raza Gil­lani and Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Shahbaz Sharif to play their role for early restora­tion of gas sup­ply to the Pun­jab in­dus­try and save mil­lion peo­ple from star­va­tion.

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