Karachi industrialists appeal PM to help for gas restoration

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Staff Reporter
Karachi

Abdul Hadi, President, Site Association of Industry, has strongly protested against non-restoration of gas to the industries of Site area Karachi after the two-day shutdown as promised by Sui Southern Gas Company, and appealed to PM Imran Khan for help and pleas to issue directives to SSGC for the gas restoration of Site industries. Otherwise, industrialists will be forced to shift their factories.

In an appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Abdul Hadi stated that SSGC had issued notification of gas shutdown for two days but did not restore gas to industries even after two days as promised. SSGC is reluctant to give any positive response to the industrialists.

SAI chief pointed out that The suspension of production activities has jeopardized the completion of export orders while large-scale export orders are likely to be cancelled.

“In the current situation, exporters are anxious to deliver old export orders as it is difficult to fulfil old orders due to suspension of production activities at present, so how do exporters get new export orders in such a situation”, he opined
Abdul Hadi feared that if this situation continued, it would have a very negative impact on the country’s exports and if the basic needs of industries were not met, the country’s exports would fall from $22 billion to a low of $17 billion.

Hadi further said the SSGC’s irresponsibility has led to fears of massive cancellation of export orders and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision cannot be fulfilled unless the basic needs of industries are met.

Citing the example of neighbouring country Bangladesh, he said that Bangladesh’s exports have reached $54 billion while our exports are declining instead of increasing.

“If the SSGC can’t supply gas to the industries, let us know. We shift factories from here and go elsewhere.

It is unacceptable for us to harm Pakistan by creating problems for industries and tarnishing the image of the country”, he added.

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