The protest was part of the nationwide demonstrations against CNG closure and objectionable policies, said Ghayas Abdullah Paracha, the Chairman of the APCNGA.
Staff of the CNG filling stations has no food to eat and nothing to cater for the needs of their families since months, he regretted while addressing the protesters.
“We cannot cooperate with government anymore on the cost of massive losses. Government’s reluctance to bring gas load shedding to an end amounts to forcing us to take law into our own hands,” warned Paracha. He was of the view that government was trying to sabotage the long march of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri by creating scarcity of diesel and CNG. The gas supply to CNG sector was suspended despite improvement in the weather conditions which proved ill intentions, he held.
Earlier, the protestors blocked the Motorway link road, burned tyres and chanted slogans against ‘illegal load shedding’. The protestors included CNG operators, unemployed workers of CNG outlets, drivers, transporters, private vehicle owners and masses who are braving gas supply disruptions at homes. The protestors were led by APCNGA office-bearers, Rickshaw Union representatives and transporters.
The protestors condemned load shedding and unjust distribution of gas and termed it against the rights of masses. They demanded immediate removal of Dr. Asim, adviser to PM on Petroleum and Natural Resources.