FAISALABAD - Thousands of workers and factory owners observed Friday as ‘Black Day’ in protest against the disconnection of electricity supply to over 450 factories by Fesco on the pretext that the factories had the capability to generate their own electricity.Despite heavy rain, over 15,000 factory workers assembled at Chowk Khurrian Wala. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans condemning the uncalled-for action of the Fesco. The Textile Industry Magnates including Syed Omer Nazar Shah, Mian Faiq Jawed, Imran Ghafoor, Mian Shaiq Jawed, Hafeez Iqbal and over a dozen other mill-owners also participated in the protest rally.The protesting workers took out a rally from Khurrian Wala Chowk to Sahian Wala Motorway at 10:30am. shouting slogans against suspension of electricity to hundreds of Industrial Units, they reached Motorway at 3:00pm where they held a meeting. On the occasion, they vowed to continue their protest till restoration of electricity to 450 factories and reduction in period of Industrial loadshedding in Faisalabad.Addressing the participants of the rally, Syed Omer Nazar Shah and Mian Shaiq Jawed said that the disconnection of electricity to large number of Faisalabad Textile and Ancillary Industries had rendered a large number of workers jobless and demanded the government to immediately restore the power supply to 450 factories. They urged to ensure round-the-clock power supply to the textile industry and other allied Industries to enable them provide ample jobs to workers and produce export-quality goods in large quantity to earn direly needed foreign exchange for the country.Later, they ended the protest on a call from Islamabad that the Ministry of Water and Power had yielded to their demand and immediately restored the electricity supply to 450 Industrial units of Faisalabad.