The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) South Punjab Chapter staged a demonstration against government and Sui gas authorities for not restoring gas supply to the CNG stations here at Chowk Nawan Shehr on Tuesday. The protesters shouted slogans against the government and demanded immediate restoration of gas supply to the stations. CNG station owners and workers from Multan, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan , Layyah, Khanewal , Chowk Munda, Kabirwala, Abdul Hakim, Rajanpur and Bahawalpur joined the demo. The protesters were led by Ch.Aamer Karamat , Imran Sabiri, Ch.Imran, Ch.Muhammad Athar, Azhar Shehzad Sheikh, Laeeq Ahmed Khan, Mehr Hamid Ali and Aziz Khan.

Talking to the journalists, they lamented that the rulers and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) rendered over 3,50,000 people jobless who were attached with this business. They warned that the decision to keep the CNG stations shut would hurt the interests of millions of people and thousands of CNG filling stations owners. They added that the SNGPL deprived masses of affordable fuel which would leave very negative impacts on economy. They regretted that the families of the workers, who lost their jobs due to closure of CNG stations, were faced with starvation and hunger. They demanded the government to restore gas supply to the CNG stations forthwith.

Accept demands or face protest: Kissan Board Punjab Secretary General Arsalan Khakwani warned that the farmers will stage sit-in outside Punjab Assembly on the eve of budget session if their demands were not accepted forthwith. Addressing a news conference here at Multan Media Centre, he demanded the government to ensure purchase of even last grain from the growers under open policy, advance interest-free loans to the farmers, announce support price before Kharif crop and fix flat rate for the tubewells. He warned the government that the rulers would not be able to stay in Islamabad if the farmers took to the roads. He alleged that the vicious alliance of stockists and government delivered massive financial losses to the wheat growers as the wheat harvesting begun from April 14 while government launched procurement operation from May 5. He said that the wheat procurement operation was financial assassination of poor wheat growers.  

He declared that the Kissan Board had launched Kissan Raaj Tehreek and the exploiters of the farmers would be encircled. He pointed out that initially Punjab Government announced to purchase entire stock and then reduced the target to 3.5 million ton. He warned that the farmers would march towards Islamabad and Lahore if the rulers failed to change their behaviour.