FAISALABAD, Pakistan – Textile industry in Faisalabad region is severely effected by the shortage of gas and since the government has announced a 3-day gas closure notice the workers of the industry are screaming for the financial crisis, they are forced to undergo in the wake of high inflation and unemployment.
On Thursday; a huge demonstration was staged in front of SNGPL (Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd.) Faisalabad off ice on Sargodha road. Thousand of the participants warned government for a forced restoration of gas supply to the industries if government wouldn’t react positively to resolve the issue that is hampering the thousands families of the workers of textile industries.
Sheikh Saeed, central chairman of All Pakistan Textile Processing Association, and Abdul Qayyum, former President of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce, addressed the participants of the protest and demanded government to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
The speakers said they stopped the workers from any aggression as they believe in peaceful struggle but they can no longer bear the economic massacre and instead of closure of industries, they would run them on gas supply from next week. They also warned to widen the scope of their protest.
The participants of the protest blocked the main Sargodha road stopping traffic for Lahore and Islamabad for two hours by burning of tyres and a sit-in on the road.