PIAF urges govt to fulfill its commitment

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Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) has urged the government to fulfill its commitment with the business community and ensure two-day gas supply to Punjab. In a joint statement issued on Thursday, Chairman Lahore Township Industries Association Iftikhar Bashir Chaudhry and Chairman Auto Parts Manufacturers and Exporters Association Tahir Javed Malik said it was very unfortunate that despite an assurance by governor Punjab to Presidents of all Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Punjab and Chairmen of Trade and Industrial Associations gas supply could not be restored. They said gas load shedding has pushed industry to the wall, which is already facing huge difficulties, like electricity shortage, high input cost and high markup, etc, but government was playing the role of a silent spectator. They said the industry is already facing unannounced prolonged electricity load shedding that has already crippled the industrial activities, while closure of gas is putting more fuel to the fire. At the moment, when the industrial production was at its lowest ebb and the business community was facing difficulties in dealing with banks, the gas load shedding was crushing them, they added.