KARACHI - Motorists and commuters using public transport faced massive difficulties as gas stations across the country, except a few, remained closed for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. The gas stations remained shut even though the CNG associations had not officially given a strike call. To make matters worse, the unofficial strike is apparently for an indefinite period. No date has been announced as to when the closed gas stations will reopen.CNG stations in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Quetta and other cities of the four provinces remained shut due to which people had to face severe difficulties.Drivers of private owned transport in different cities of the country held protest demonstrations against the unofficial strike call by the CNG station owners.It should be mentioned that unannounced CNG closure has adversely irked the rickshaw and taxi drivers who expressed their frustration and blocked the roads by parking their vehicles resulting in a massive traffic jams in many cities.“Around 98 per cent of the 298 CNG stations in Karachi stayed shut to protest against the unjust retail price of CNG,” a senior office-bearer of the central CNG association told. “The majority of over 600 CNG stations in other parts of Sindh also remained closed.”Massive queues of vehicles were seen at a few company-operated gas stations in the city that remained open. The commuters, mostly on way to work, faced extreme difficulties in reaching their destinations.The senior office-bearers of the central CNG association refused to give a specific date as to when would the owners of the closed CNG stations end their strike.At a few PSO operated CNG stations in major cities, there were massive queues of vehicles with lines crossing several kilometers of distance. Drivers at these stations said that they had been waiting for turn for hours but due to low pressure and heavy rush, they do not know when their turn would come.SURPRISE VISIT TO CENTRAL JAIL: Sindh Minister for Jails, Manzoor Hussain Wassan, on Thursday paid a surprise visit to the Central Jail Karachi.He met with the inmates and their visitors and also talked to them. A statement said that on the complaints of the visitors, the Minister issued suspension letter for the Assistant Superintendent of Jail.It said that Wassan also impressed upon the jail staff that no dereliction in the performance of duty, would be tolerated.The minister also saw the kitchen and checked the standard of the food as well as the cleanliness. He also inquired about the problems of the inmates. Wassan also asked about the food that is being provided to the inmates. He also saw the inmates acquiring the computer education as well as that of the fine arts and asked the inmates to learn skills so that after release they should become a good citizen.He said that in 2008 before the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) came to power, the daily expense of diet of inmate was Rs33 per head which the present government enhanced to Rs115 per head. He said that attention was also being paid towards the standard of the food. Wassan said that the security of the jails is also being enhanced.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 30-Nov-2012 here.