LAHORE – Hundreds of manufacturers, trade leaders and daily wage workers held a protest rally outside Governor’s House for such a demand which had already been accepted by the federal government. But it seemed that the chambers were trying to politicise the gas shortage issue and did not cancel the sit-in plan though the government had already announced to restore gas supply to Punjab industry.

Following the mass demonstration of the APTMA in front of the SNGPL head office, Petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain Friday announced to partially restore gas supplies to the entire industry in Punjab from Monday, with an assurance of two days a week supplies, initially, after negotiations with the representatives of APTMA and other trade associations.

The federal minister informed the industry representatives that, in view of high domestic gas consumption in the northern part of the country, it would not be possible to further increase gas supplies until the cold wave in the country subsided.

Like the APTMA protest, the chambers on Saturday also ended their demonstrations after the assurance of Governor Punjab Latif Khosa for two-day gas supply to the industry. The same assurances were too given by the governor to the APTMA members on Wednesday.

An LCCI delegation headed by the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh Saturday night had talks with governor and announced to end their protest.

The delegation members were LCCI president Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher, LCCI former presidents Mian Anjum Nisar, Muhammad Ali Mian, former Senior Vice Presidents Sh. Muhammad Arshad, Sohail Lashari, Tahir Javed Malik, EC member Shahzeb Akram, Kh. Khawar Rasheed, Shoaib Zahid Malik, Ilyas Majeed Sheikh and presidents of the Punjab Chambers.