Rawalpindi - Disturbed from intensive gas load-shedding, a large numbers of residents of Pindoran went berserk on Friday and blocked IJ Principal Road for vehicular movement.

A heavy contingent of police rushed to the site and tried to cool down the protesting people, including house wives, young girls, old men and woman and children, who were holding utensils, sticks and bamboos and bellowing slogans against Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and managing director of Sui Northern Gas and Pipelines Limited (SNGPL). The most echoed slogan chanted by the irate protestors was “Go Nawaz Go.”

The mess of residents on IJ Principal Road triggered a massive traffic jam on almost all the roads including Peshawar Road, Pirwadhai Morr, Westrdige, Pirwadhai, Raja Bazaar, Khayaban-e-Jinnah, 9th Avenue, Double Road, Faizabad and Expressway, posing hardships for commuters and pedestrians.

According to details, a large number of residents of Pindoran and its suburbs poured on IJ Principal Road and staged a massive protest demonstration against persistent gas load-shedding. They blocked the road for traffic and chanted slogans against the government and MD SNGPL.

Talking to media men, Ahmed Khan, a government employee, said that their normal life has disrupted due to gas load-shedding. “My four school going children daily leave house for school wihout having breakfast. I am a poor man with salary of Rs 12,000 and cannot buy bread for them from hotel,” he said demanding the government to end load-shedding immediately.

“The pressure of gas is very low and it is impossible for me to burn stove even for warming water for washing hands. I burn woods and the smoke is damaging my eyesight. I need full pressure of gas to run my kitchen,” said Samina Bibi, a house wife, who was cursing Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. She said Abbasi shoud quit if he could not run his ministry successfully.

Muhammad Shabir, another local, said the incidents of gas blasts have increased in the city owing to unannounced gas load-shedding. So far, many people have died in these gas blasts. Police should register cases against the high-ups of SNGPL who observed unannounced gas load-shedding.

Similarly, many other residents blasted the government and others for their negligence and failure in overwhelming gas crisis.

They said that they have to buy woods and kerosene oil even at high rates for cooking food and warming water for taking shower.

A heavy contingent of police led by Station House Officer Jahangir Bhatti rushed to the scene, negotiated with protestors and managed to disperse them, besides opening roads for traffic.