LAHORE - All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF) Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against electricity, gas loadshedding and inflation.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against rise in electricity and gas tariff and inflation, dozens of protestors gathered in front of Lahore Press Club and regretted the govt has so far made no plan to address the problems of common person. Led by APTUF president Fazal Wahid and general secretary Aima Mahmood, the workers demanded of the government to control the day by day rising prices of basis commodities.  “The government always ignored the problems of workers, leaving thousands of workers unemployed and around 1000 factories closed in Punjab due to energy crises,” said Aima while addressing the gathering.

She held that severe gas scarcity and shutting down of industries were increasing destitution among thousands of factory workers across the province. She was of the view that the PML-N government so far made no plan to ease the prevailing energy crisis. The APTUF leaders vowed to continue struggle for the protection of the workers rights, saying their voice would not be succumbed. APTUF chairman Sultan Khan, Nasir Mahmood and Working Women Organisation representative Salma Liaqat also spoke on occasion.