OUR STAFF REPORTER SIALKOT/NANKANA SAHIB National trade bodies have rejected the recent increase in petroleum products prices, terming it the last nail in the coffin of the countrys economy. The office-bearers of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan and the Markazi Anjuman Tajran Sialkot termed the raise a cutthroat for Sialkot industries. They termed the situation worst, saying that the government had forced the Sialkot exporters, industrialists and traders to take to the streets to protest against power outages. Talking to the newsmen, SCCI President Naeem Anwar Qureshi expressed grave concern over this nasty situation. He said that the daily 20-hour power loadshedding has crippled the industrial activities and the export industry of Sialkot is on the verge of collapse. These prolonged power outages in export oriented Sialkot city has badly affected as many as 80 percent production of the industrial units. He said that the prolonged power outages have forced the Sialkot traders and exporters to come on the roads as a protest. The PRGMEA representative said that putting aside the mounted appeals of mercy by the perturbed Sialkot business community, the Gepco has stepped up the duration of unscheduled loadshedding from 20 to 22 hours in the city. The PRGMEA chief added that the energy crisis aggregating day by day in Sialkot city due to which the Sialkot industries have been suffering the heavy financial loss daily, besides, rendering the thousands of daily wager jobless. On the occasion, SIMA Chairman Pakistan Jehangir Bajwa urged the concerned authorities to work on war-footing to put an end to the massive power outages, as its negligence is adding fuel to the fire besides mounting annoyance in the public. PGMEA Chairman Sarfraz Hussain Bhatti narrated that there was no let-up in power outages, due to which the export orders worth millions of dollars were being cancelled, as they were unable to timely dispatch the export consignments to the foreign destinations. FPCCI Vice President Haji Aftab Barlas urged the federal government to declare Sialkot exempted from power outages to save the industries Lawyers condemn unscheduled loadshedding: District Bar observed strike and took out a protest rally against prolonged unscheduled loadshedding here Saturday. District Bar President Ch Haq Nawaz, Senior advocate JS Rai Haq Nawaz, advocate Sh, Muhammad Amin, Liaqay Khichki, Ch Abdul Latif Tahir, Asif Ali Bhatti, JI leader Zahid Anwar warned higher authorities through unanimous resolution that if duration of scheduled and unscheduled power cut would not reduced then they would surround Wapda office and stage sit-in till the acceptance of their demands. Meanwhile, Markazi Anjuman Tajran rejected the current increase in the POL prices and termed it economic murder of the nation.