Gas crisis: textile ind: gives 48-hr..

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FAISALABAD : Value-added Textile Sector has given a 48 hours ultimatum to resolve the gas-crisis and warned complete closure of the industry rendering millions of wage earners jobless.

This was announced by Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, Regional Chairman, All-Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) while addressing a news conference here on Thursday. President, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) SheikhAbdul Qayyum, Chairman, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) Wasim Latif, Chairman, All-Pakistan Sizing Association (APSA) Muhammad Shakeel Ansar, former Chairman FCCI, Mian Aftab Ahmed,and representative of Pakistan Hosiery Mills Association(PHMA) Abdul Hameed Bhatti also attended the press conference and fully endorsed the decision of the APTPMA to close down their units in case the government did not restore the gas to processing and sizing mills within next 2 days. Addressing the print & electronic media, Regional Chairman, APTPMA, Muhammad Saeed Sheikh said that the Sui Northern Company had issued a gas loeadshedding schedule, under which the gas supply to value-added textile processing, printing and sizing units will remain suspended for 6 days and it would be restored on November 4. This prolonged gas-shedding is being done on the pretext that the Zamzama turnaround will remain closed for 65 days. He said that it was not feasible to run these industries on other fuel. He added that when the Sui Northern Company had previously closed the Qadir Pur turnaround, it resumed the gas supply to industry on interference of Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani and added that the company could accomplish the Zamzama turnaround during ensuing Eid holidays without disturbing the gas supply to industry.

Courtesy : Business Recorder

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