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Pak Prez assures APTMA of restoring gas supply
05
Jan '12
President Asif Ali Zardari has assured All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) leadership for restoration of gas supply to textile industry soon and appealed the textile industry workers through Governor Punjab Latif Khosa to disperse peacefully.

He talked to the APTMA leadership through telephone and assured them of resolving gas supply issue at the earliest.
Governor Punjab visited the SNGPL office site and joined the APTMA leadership and textile workers in sit-in for a while.

Later on, addressing the protestors, the Governor said Federal Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain, on the advice of President Zardari, would visit APTMA Punjab on January 6 to negotiate with textile industry leadership on gas supply on SNGPL network.

Earlier, a mammoth gathering of textile workers and industrialists at Manga Raiwind bypass protested against gas suspension to textile industry. The protestors blocked the Multan Road for hours, followed by a march towards the SNGPL head office in the centre of town.

Pakistan textile industry biggest cluster situated at Manga-Raiwind Road where the protest held, attended by thousands of textile workers besides top APTMA leadership.

Textile workers were fully charged and kept on raising slogans against the SNGPL throughout the protest. They also vowed not to let the SNGPL workers go out of head office until their demand for restoration of gas supply to industry is met with. They were holding banners, placards and Pakistani flags on the occasion.

It is for the first time in the industrial history of the country that the textile millers and workers had staged a sit-in at the SNGPL office for more than two hours.

The SNGPL staff including the top management remained stuck up in the head office building throughout the sit-in. Textile workers held candle lights in their hands immediately after the sunset until the dispersing after an assurance from the Governor Punjab.

APTMA leadership including Chairman APTMA Mohsin Aziz, Chairman APTMA Punjab Ahsan Bashir, Group Leader APTMA Gohar Ejaz, Convener Energy Committee Shahzad Ali Khan and others addressed the participants.

They demanded immediate restoration of gas supply to leading employer, foreign exchange earner from merchandise exports and major industry of the country. Fiery speakers pointed out that the gas supply was disconnected to industry since December 25 and no one would be allowed to keep gas supply disrupted any further.

They said no one from among the textile workers was ready to die of hunger, very much likely with the closure of mills for long.

They further added that the textile workers would not let anybody to turn industrial units into graveyards. They said it would be a series of protests to be demonstrated later at Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Kasur and Islamabad, if required. Chairman APTMA Mohsin Aziz said the protests aim at a single point agenda of immediate restoration of gas to textile industry.

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)

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