CNG price hike, strike ruin many lives


Majority of CNG stations of the city remained closed over the call of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA), which announced strike in protest of massive increase in gas prices. The commuters and public in general had to suffer since public transport vehicles too came to a halt in the absence of CNG. The consumers had to run their vehicles on petrol or had to wait for hours on the CNG pumps that were open. “I had to wait for an hour before I could get CNG,” said an automobile owner Javed Ahmed, adding that the consumers were suffering badly because of the strike. He said the CNG stations would remain closed for three days also and it would add to their problems.
Talking to reporters, CNG Association President Gahays Paracha said CNG price hike will not only affect the business but also deprive public of cheap fuel. He urged the authorities to review the gas price hike which was hurting both public and commercial activities. He said the strike would continue and the government should not force people to set fire to things and to commit suicide.
PML-N files resolution against gas load shedding: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has filed a resolution against the load shedding of Sui Gas in the provincial assembly showing serious concerns over the issue on Sunday. The resolution was submitted in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat’s Notice Branch by the PML-N-backed Member Provincial Assembly Zia Ullah Shah in which he has expressed concerns over stoppage the gas to industrial units in Punjab.
In the resolution, Shah said the industries in the province would come to a halt and would be ruined, increasing unemployment and discontent in the labour class. The resolution further stated that the stoppage would also increase inflation since the prices of daily use items would be increased if expensive alternate fuel is used.
The resolution suggested to the federal government that it should work on adopting some alternate sources and resources to address the crisis if the national reserves of gas were decreasing and should not stop the gas supply to industries.