The closure of gas supply to industry by Sui Northern Gas company, and the prediction to restore it in four days, show its inability to juggle loads during a time when loadshedding should be put in effect. Though this is loadshedding, hitting industries in Punjab has meant that its production will be badly affected. This is a national loss and it also means that the provinces industries have been unfairly targeted, at a time when the export proceeds of industrial production have become all the more essential. It is clear that the industries will be unable to meet their commitments to foreign buyers because of this deprivation of the source of relatively cheap energy. The units cannot switch to fuel, because that is both expensive and imported, and is of no help in remaining competitive in markets abroad. The excuse being given by SNGPL is the domestic consumer. It must be remembered that this is in addition to hikes in fuel prices, which have also worked to increase the prices of exports. Already, power plants on dual cycle have been deprived of gas, and will have to operate on furnace oil, with harmful consequences for the import bill as well as the circular debt problem. The gas supply has also been shut down for CNG stations, even though it was the government itself which had first encouraged motorists to switch their vehicles over to CNG from petrol. Now, by shutting down the stations, the government itself is making motorists follow the environmentally unsound practice of going back to petrol. The CNG station owners have reacted by announcing a strike against the increase by the government of the compulsory shutdown of stations from one to two days, but that will not solve the problem. The crisis is ironic when the government is committed to both the gaslines from Iran and Turkmenistan. It is only with an assured supply of energy, in this case of gas, that industrial units can carry out their activities. The government must concert measures which help industry, not harm it.