LAHORE - All Pakistan Textile Mills Association has postponed strike after Minister for Water and Power Ch Ahmed Mukhtar assured the provision of electricity supply to textile sector by Monday.

The federal minister Ahmed Mukhtar and textile industry leaders including Gohar Ejaz, APTMA central chairman Ahsan Bashir and Punjab chairman Shehzad Ali Khan held a meeting at APTMA House where the industry complained of suspension of electricity supply to the industrial sector.

The APTMA leaders said that Secretary Water and Power Nargis Sethi made history by switching off Punjab entire industry despite the fact that overall domestic electricity needs dropped to just 7,800MW against a demand of 13,000MW at peak hours.

“This is for the first in Pakistan history that the entire industry has been shut down because of the Ministry of Water and Power’s mismanagement. This credit goes to the Secretary who just plays with words, instead of taking practical steps,” the enraged APTMA members added.

They said that complete suspension of gas and electricity has put the jobs of million industrial workers and exports of billion dollars on stake but government was playing the role of silent spectator.

They said that due to wrong government policies and mismanaged affairs, the industry had almost collapsed and industrialists were left with no other option but to stage protest. They said that had right steps been taken well in time to enhance the power generation, the situation would have been far better.

The federal minister said that the government wanted to resolve the issues faced by industry on priority basis. He also appealed to the APTMA representatives to withdraw their ultimatum for demonstrations. The minister also assured that special measures would be taken in order to provide electricity to the industrial sector.

He also invited the APTMA leaders to come to Islamabad for dialogues in this regard so that proper solution to the issue may be chalked out.