CNG stations observed a complete strike against an increase in the price of natural gas. This strike has troubled many motorists and commuters. The strike call was given during a sit-in staged by owners of CNG stations located on University Road in Peshawar.
The announcement led to long queues of vehicles at filling stations. Addressing the University Road protest, leaders of the All Pakistan CNG Association, KPK, announced that the CNG stations would be closed across the province against the recent gas rate hike.
They warned the strike would continue for an indefinite period if the federal government didn’t withdraw gas price hike. The protesters held placards and banners and shouted slogans against authorities.
The provincial chairman of the association, Fazal Moqim Khan, said the sudden increase in gas tariffs was unjust not only for the CNG sector but also for consumers. It is unacceptable.
He said natural gas was produced in the province but its smooth supply was denied to residents. They were also subjected to an unjustified price hike.
Association leaders from different cities were present on the occasion. The speakers spoke at a time when record inflation and unemployment rates had caused serious troubles for people, including businesspeople. This hike in gas prices by the federal government paralyzed the CNG and transport sectors. The protest suspended traffic for some time.
Meanwhile, the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged the government to withdraw the “unprecedented” increase in gas prices.
During a meeting with small factory owners and representatives at the Chamber’s House, SCCI president Fuad Ishaq said the gas price hike would badly hit businesses and industries, so the economy would suffer.
The visitors were led by president of the Small Industrialists Association, Kohat Road, Peshawar, Wahid Arif Awan.
Mr. Ishaq asked the government to review agreements with independent power producers. He ensured smooth power supply to domestic, commercial and industrial consumers at subsidized rates.
He sought special incentives and schemes for the business community and investors to bring about prosperity and development in the province.
The SCCI leader demanded permission for trade with Afghanistan, Iran and China in Pakistani rupees and the status of most preferred nation for those countries.
He said the hike in electricity and gas prices didn’t favor the economy, business or industrial growth and should be withdrawn.
Mr. Ishaq linked the country’s progress with economic prosperity. He said it was possible through the provision of facilities and special incentives to the business community.