LAHORE/KARACHI - All Pakistan CNG Association on Tuesday warned the government to withdraw the decision of 31 per cent increase in gas prices and rationalise the CNG price otherwise they will go on strike from coming Monday. They said that in the first phase the Punjab zone will observe strike for 24 hours and if the government would not accept their demands then they would go on countrywide strike. They were of the view that the increase in the gas prices should not be more then 25 per cent. "If the government will not take back the decision of 31 per cent increase in the gas prices, we will be left with no other option but to go on strike across the Punjab on Monday," Founder Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association Tariq Kundun told reporters while addressing a press conference here at Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Tuesday. Chairman Sana-ur-Rehman, Vice Chairmen Ayaz Paracha and Raja Shuja Anwar were also present on this occasion. They said that the government had revised the CNG prices without taking the industry into confidence. They also urged the CNG users to support the CNG industry in successful strike. They were of the view that CNG association also want to cater the interest of the CNG users thus they were going for strike. There are 1300 CNG stations in the Punjab and all the pumps will remain closed on strike call, they said adding that previously NWFP had observed strike at 358 CNG stations of total 363 stations. They also made it clear that the CNG stations, which would not be closed on strike, their membership would be cancelled from the association. "We are still unaware about the brake-up of the Gas Development Levy (GDL), Petroleum Development Levy (PDL) withholding tax, electricity tariff and others then how can we accept the increase in the CNG price", they said. They said that the association had approached the ministries of petroleum and finance to ask about the brake up of increase in CNG price but they had not given any details to them. They also demanded of the government to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to the CNG stations. Due to power failure running cost of CNG station has increased manifolds as they run their plants on diesel, they said. The association has also demanded that the petroleum companies should wave or reduce franchise fee from the CNG station. They also requested the government to ask the sui-gas companies to ensure smooth supply of gas in winter season. The sui gas companies have 12 months agreement with the CNG industry, they said. They also urged the government consult the industry before amending the CNG Policy. APTMA: Taking serious notice of the current hike in the gas tariff Iqbal Ebrahim, Chairman, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) strongly criticizes announcement of increase in gas prices by the Government and urged to immediately withdraw rise in gas tariff of 31% on industrial consumers and 68% on Captive Power Plants. KCCI: The KCCI have showing reservations over the unprecedented and exorbitant hike in Gas Tariffs rejected the move of government. President, KCCI, Shamim Ahmed Shamsi and Former President, Zubair Motiwala on Monday while commenting on 31 percent in the tariffs of gas said that "we are simply astonished at this very startling announcement. At a time when the industry is not doing good and is in doldrums, exports going down, unemployment figures at an all time high, cost of doing business and cost of manufacturing at its peak, this step to increase the Tariff of Gas, which otherwise is indigenous Raw Material and to compare it with World Oil Price is a big mistake on the part of Government of Pakistan.