LAHORE - A sizable number of industrialists and workers of Kot Lakhpat Industrial Estate staged a protest demonstration against the continued and prolonged power outages and gas supply suspension in Kot Lakhpat on Friday. The protesters, who were chanting slogans against concerned government authorities, warned the government of more such protests if continuous supply of electricity was not ensured immediately. The protest demonstration, which started from the industrial estate and concluded at Hamdard Chowk, was jointly led by former LCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar, Chairman Lahore Township Industrial Area (LTIA) Babar Mehmood Chaudhry, PIAF Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, LCCI Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik, LTIA Vice Chairmen Chaudhry Zaheer Bhutta, Wasimuddin Chugtai, PIAF Vice Chairman Khwaja Shahzeb Akram and former PIAF Chairman Mian Abuzar Shad, and was participated by a large number of industrialists and workers. Addressing the protesters, former LCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar lamented that due to the wrong policies of the govt and its mismanaged affairs, the industry had almost collapsed and industrial workers were staging protests. He said had right steps been taken well in time, the situation would have been far better. He feared that the IMF loans would multiply in coming days if the industrial wheel remained slow. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman Lahore Township Industrial Area (LTIA) Babar Mehmood Chaudhry appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to look into the matter and save hundreds and thousands of industrial workers from becoming unemployed. He said that the sword of unemployment was hanging on the heads of industrial workers in the wake of non-availability of electricity. PIAF Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the economic crisis would further deepen in the coming days as the industry had failed to fulfill existing export orders. He said that those who thought that the economy would be back on rails soon were actually living in a fool's paradise as the situation had already gone out of hands and would need special measures to become controllable.