PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, CNG Stations Association, will go on strike for an indefinite time from today (Monday) to protest ban on import of CNG kits.

Chairman, KP, CNG Association, Pervez Khan Khattak vowed that they would continue its strike until the ban on import of CNG kits was lifted and Federal Minister for Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain was removed from his post. He said no CNG station in KP would provide service during the strike. He said they would press the government to meet their demands.

He said the KP, CNG Association, had given a call for strike for an indefinite period. Talking to media, he said all the 600 CNG stations would be closed.

He said the strike would continue till the acceptance of their demands, which include the withdrawal of ban on import of CNG kits, cylinders and filling of gas in commercial vehicles. He informed that one of their demands was that Federal Minister for Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussein should be removed from his post.

He termed that their association had totally rejected ban on import of CNG kits and cylinders and termed it a wrong decision, adding that they would moblise their associations against the decision.

 He informed that so far investors had made investment to the tune of Rs 16 trillion in the CNG industry while transporters and people have invested Rs 15 trillion in heads of CNG kits and cylinders. But, these unfriendly decisions would waste each and everything.

He dispelled the impression that the CNG sector was creating gas shortage, adding that they are using only 8.2 per cent of the total produced gas and the crisis is due to the mismanagement and lack of interest on behalf of the government, he concluded.