CNG Stations across the country went on an indefinite strike on Monday to protest against the reduction in sale price causing immense sufferings for the commuters.

The CNG stations owners claim that they cannot sell it on the cut prices saying that they were meeting the losses from their own pockets after reduction in prices.

Chairman CNG Association Ghayas Paracha said he did not give the strike call, and the station owners are shutting down the filling stations on their own accord, as it is loss worth Rs.12 per kilogram of the gas to them.

In major cities of the country including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Quetta and Hazara Division the owners closed down their stations. They blamed that an effort is being made to destroy the CNG sector and they cannot run this business on the revised prices.

In Peshawar also, the gas stations were closed down past midnight. The CNG Association’s provincial president Pervez Khatak said they made the decision on their own free will.

Some owners had already shut down their stations; however, the most stations were kept open in respect of the holy month of Moharram-ul-Haram. However, now every owner has decided to halt the sale of the gas, in defiance of the judicial order.

As most of the public transport is running on CNG therefore wheel jammed in most cities of the country adding to the miseries of the commuters. The public and private servants, students and labourers who were in their homes to spend Muharram holidays remained stranded in concerned cities.

Meanwhile, dozens of commuters including women were seen waiting at bus stops for vans of concerned routes due to absence of public transport. Traffic on roads remained thin and presence in government, private offices and educational institutions also was below normal.