LAHORE - The All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) has threatened the government to go on strike for an unlimited period, besides launching a protest demonstration against the authorities' inefficiency to control severe electricity loadshedding and gas supply suspension to the textile processing mills. During a meeting with other members of the association here at APTPMA head office, Central VP Sheikh Muhammad Ayub informed the meeting that a peaceful protest in Lahore would be staged by the owners of textile processing mills, who have been facing erratic loadshedding and a non-stop gas supply disclosure to their industry. He said that for solutions of the problems, they have approached the government's high-ups several times but the results remain unproductive at their level. They added that the outcome of escalating problems of trade and industry due to power crisis would be in the form of dwindling economy and worsening of lifestyle of common man, he added. Sheikh Ayub said that gas crisis had affected the their industries at large and they are being denied gas supply for at least one month. He said that they could not produce their own electricity due to shortage of gas as well as due to lack of finance. He said they are being forced to trim their workforce. He said that up till now 100,000 of workers have been rendered jobless just in Lahore as the all textile sector was closed. During the meeting, Aamir Iqbal Sheikh, Managing Partner, Win Shoes, said that electricity and gas crisis have rendered millions of workers jobless. He further informed that the cottage and small industries are more severely affected, as units have been established in residential areas where the electric supply remains for one hour and disconnected for four hours, he added. He said that due to unjustified and unprovoked policies of the govt the cost of doing business has gone exorbitantly high and as consequence numerous were working under-capacity, many industries were closed-down and several have decided to close. Maqsood Ahmed Butt, MD Aruj Garments Accessories Ltd, and a leader of APTPMA observed that these units are owned by small entrepreneurs, who process clothes that include weaving, dying and printing. In these industries, the workforce is employed either on daily wages basis or on the quantity of fabric processed by them, he added. He said that the machinery requires to operate at least for eight hours and the owners do not take the risk of operating them if the electric supply is inconsistent. Haji Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Zonal Vice Chairman pointed out that the power crisis has directly hit the daily income of at least hundreds of thousands of families who remain without food if the industry remains inoperative for few days. These families had no alternative but to take to the streets. He said that mayhem in trade and commerce sector due to power loadshedding will not only decline the revenue for the government but also lead to unemployment. The APTPMA threatened to shut their factories for not issuing loadshedding schedule. They said that hours-long power cuts have left thousands of labourers jobless as thousands of industrial units have been closed. They informed The Nation that most of the industries had limited to only one shift due to loadshedding of electricity and gas.