Saturday, 7 April 2012

Faisalabad : Black day on 8th of April 2012

The city has been flooded with black flags and banners to mark the black day against the outages of gas and electricity on Sunday. The All Punjab Textile Associations Council (APTAC) has appealed to industrialists, traders, transporters, former UC nazims, councillors and citizens to play their role to make the black day successful and give a message that people are ready to get their rights. “People should participate in rallies and hoist black flags on the rooftops of their houses busses, trucks, wagons, rickshaws and motorcycles,” said the APTAC office-bearers.
Faisalabad : Black day on 8th of April 2012
Briefing the media about the black day, the APTAC office-bearers said that the federal government’s discriminatory policies had badly affected the economy of the province, rendering thousands of workers jobless. They were of the view that Punjab was the food basket of the country and providing food to all federating units without any discrimination, but it was being subjected to discrimination in the distribution of gas and electricity.

They added that Faisalabad was earning billions of dollars for the country, but unprecedented loadshedding of 16 hours coupled with long gas outage had been clamped on it. He said that the shortage of gas and electricity had not only damaged its industry, but also played havoc with the business.

“During the winter, gas was supplied to the industry only for two days in a week. It has not been restored even in the summer,” they said, adding that progress and property was linked to industrial and economic activities. “A deep-rooted conspiracy has been hatched through forced loadshedding of gas and electricity to destroy its industrial base.”

They claimed that the April 8 peaceful protest would prove that industrialists, traders, businessmen, transport owners and citizens were alive and ready to protect their rights.

He said that continuous supply of gas and electricity was their fundamental right and they would not compromise on it. They said that the business centres, markets and bazaars would remain closed from 11am to 2pm followed by a main protest meeting at 3pm at Clock Tower on Sunday. They asked the people to participate in the protest rallies by shunning their differences.

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