LAHORE - Most of the Chambers in the country and a number of associations, under the umbrella of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Wednesday fully supported the July 11 strike call given by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry against the alarming increase in gas prices. They also formed an Action Committee to initiate fresh talks with the government for withdrawal of raise in gas prices and 10 per cent withholding tax on electricity bills. "Keeping in view the industry situation, which is going from bad to worse with every passing day and after the consultation of all the chambers in the country, we have unanimously decided to fully support the strike call given by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry," LCCI President Mohammad Ali Mian told reporters while addressing a press-conference here at LCCI on Wednesday. Presidents of ten Chambers of Commerce in the country including the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce President Ijaz Abbasi, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Khurram Anwar Khawaja, Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce President Riaz Bajwa, Sarhad Chamber of Commerce President Haji Muhammad Asif, Gujrat Chamber of Commerce President Kh. Khawar Rafique, Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce President Mian M Yousaf, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce President Abdur Rauf, former president of Sargodha Chamber of Commerce Zahid Saeed. LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Muzaffar Ali and Vice President Shafqat Saeed Piracha were also present on this occasion. The LCCI President Mohammad Ali Mian said that that the businessmen do not want confrontation with the government. We want to give time to government to reconsider some anti-industry measures announced in the federal budget, he said. The president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Shamim Ahmad Shamsi endorsed the point of view of the LCCI President on telephone during the press conference. He said that the chambers have formed an Action Committee under the Chairmanship of the President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce that would comprise of the presidents of all chambers to review progress on talks with the government. The next line of action would be decided on the report of this committee, which has the Presidents of Islamabad and Faisalabad Chambers as Co-Chairmen. The chambers want a detailed meeting with the Prime Minister over the issue. We also demand immediate withdrawal of 10 per cent withholding tax on electricity bill, increase in gas rate, increase in sales tax and withdrawal of increase in withholding tax on cheques. Mohammad Ali Mian said that the strike call given by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry should be taken a token strike and if no relaxation was given by the government the scope of strike would be extended to the whole of the country. Mohammad Ali Mian said that the lukewarm attitude of the government has compelled to the business community to resort to extreme action as it is very rare in the history that he manufacturing sector goes on strike. The LCCI President said that the businessmen can understand the increase in petroleum rates but unable to understand the hike in gas prices, which is an indigenous product.