AHMAD KAMAL NIZAMI FAISALABAD - Industrialists and workers on Thursday took out more than two dozen protest rallies against the four-day gas loadshedding by blocking various roads of the industrial city including the Motorway Interchange here. On the calls of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Pakistan Textile Exporters Associations, the protesters also staged a sit-in in front of the Sui Gas Office on the Sargodha Road resulting in hours-long traffic blockages. The activists were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the government. The big rallies were taken out on the Sheikhupura-Khurianwala, Samundari, Jaranwala, Jhang roads, Abdullah Pur square and in other parts of the city. All the participants of the rallies gathered outside the gas office where they blocked traffic by setting fire to tyres. They raised slogans and announced to continue their protest till the government was ready to provide gas to the industry on priority basis. Later, they blocked the Motorway Interchange for an hour and broke the glass of the interchange office and signboards at Sargodha Road. Meanwhile, the textile owners told the media industries play an important role in the economic growth of a country that earns foreign exchange and also provides jobs for a large number of professional, technical people and labour force. But, they added, in the absence of basic factor of production like gas, industrial productivity and efficiency had greatly hampered. A shock has been given to the economy by stoppage of gas and the industrial productivity has badly suffered. Shortage of gas in the region is on the rise that will increase the number of sick industries, whereas, Pakistan urgently needs investment to run the wheel of economy. The industrialists are playing vital role in strengthening the national economy and if their business suffer, it will directly hit the economy, they argued. They urged the government to take urgent remedial measures to end the woes of industry. Criticizing the mishandling and mismanagement of gas managers, they said that the authorities could minimise the shortfall by distributing it among all regions in the country on equal basis. They said that Pakistani exports mostly depend on textiles and due to outage of gas supply; the countrys exports would not grow as targeted. They emphasised that the government should ensure supply of gas to industries to avoid troubles in the production process. They demanded uninterrupted gas supply to textile industry.