ICCI calls for withdrawal of hike in commercial gas price

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Islamabad, April 17, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sheikh Amir Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called upon the government to withdraw manifold hike in commercial gas price as it would increase inflation and bring more problems to the common man. He said Prime Minister should take notice of this situation and order for withdrawal of increase in commercial gas price in the larger interests of the general public. He said was talking to a delegation of Islamabad Naanbai and Small Restaurants Association that visited ICCI led by its President Sarfraz Abbasi.

Sheikh Amir Waheed said that bringing price of commercial gas at par with LNG price was against the interests of citizens as it would add to their difficulties. He said that naan houses have been using commercial gas for the last 30 years and all of a sudden charging them price of LNG was totally unjustified. He warned that this decision would affect the vote bank of the ruling party in the coming elections. He said charging new price on new commercial gas connections could be acceptable, but it was unacceptable to charge new price on old commercial gas connections and stressed upon the SNGPL to revise its decision.

Sarfraz Abbasi, President, Islamabad Naanbai and Small Restaurant Association said that most of the customers of naan houses belonged to common man and if decision of charging LNG price from naan house was not taken back, it would deprive common man of naan and roti as it would double the price of these staple food items. He cautioned that the decision would invoke a strong reaction from the general public and urged upon the government to withdraw it immediately.

Muhammad Naveed Malik Senior Vice President, Nisar Mirza Vice President and Khalid Chaudhry former Senior Vice President ICCI also spoke at the occasion and called upon the government to withdraw the decision of increasing the price of commercial gas to save the common man from further troubles.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2250526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +92-51-2252950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk