In Sialkot, district 200 small and medium surgical instruments manufacturing units have been closed due to stoppage of the gas supply to surgical industry of Sialkot by the government.
Expressing grave concern over the nasty situation, several perturbed surgical instruments vendors, manufacturers and industrialists said that they had no option but to close down their units due to unavailability of gas, in a bid to avert further financial crisis. Hundreds of daily wagers and labourers are being terminated from their jobs by the owners as well.
Talking to newsmen, Surgical Instruments Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Pakistan Chairman Fazal Jillani said that Sialkot’s surgical industry was also being hit badly by the stoppage of gas. He said that closure of the gas supply to surgical industry of Sialkot was badly affecting 1,000 small and medium surgical instruments manufacturing units in Sialkot city and its surrounding areas.
He feared that there would be 20 to 25 percent decline in surgical instruments exports from Sialkot-Pakistan during the month. He demanded immediate restoration of gas supply to the country’s industrial sector in a bid to keep the industrial wheel moving towards the goal of economic growth.
In Toba Tek Singh, motorists and commuters using public transport faced great difficulties as gas stations across the district, remained shut for the second consecutive day in protest against reduced tariffs on orders of the Supreme Court. The owners are protesting against “highly unreasonable” retail price of CNG that is causing them “massive financial losses”.
Scores of people could not reach their workplaces and students also missed their schools and colleges due to the non avaibility of fuel for their vehicles.
A representative of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association claimed that as Ogra had decreased their commission from sale price of petrol and diesel so they were on strike.
He demanded to declare at least 5 percent commission per litre of petrol and diesel to the pump owners.
The closure of CNG and strike of pump owners created opportunity for the open sellers of petrol and diesel who had stored in drums and they sold the petrol at Rs200 to Rs300 per litre. In Kamalia a wedding procession could not go to Faisalabad due to non-avaibility of fuel for the wedding procession cars and vans.