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APTMA apprehensive about $15 billion export target

APTMA Chairman Mohsin Aziz said, while addressing press conference at APTMA House on Tuesday, the association has feared that export target of $15 billion will not be achievable if government started three-day gas closure per week. APTMA also demanded the government to not opt for more than two days closure in a week. Mohsin Aziz was accompanied by APTMA Punjab Chairman Ahsan Bashir, APTMA Former Chairman Gohar Ejaz and other members including Sheikh Akbar, SM Tanveer and Kiran Chaudhry Mohsin Aziz said textile sector is the backbone of economy and it should be strengthened. He said last year textile sector exports were more than $15 billion and this year we were expecting $16 billion exports, but gas curtailment for three days in a week spoiled everything. “If three day gas closure continued then it is feared that we would not be able to touch $15 billion exports.
He said last year till November gas closure was for 75 days, but this year the gas during the same period was closed for 120 days. “Adding insult to injury, now the government is tal ing about closing gas for three days a week and it would be catastrophic for textile sector,” he said adding textile is the biggest employer of labour and we fear if textile sector was not given gas then a large number of people would get unemployed. Mohsin Aziz said the problem of gas management at distribution level has been resolved.

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