QUETTA: Political parties staged a sit-in near Governor House and Balochistan chief minister’s official residence in Quetta to protest against the unannounced and prolonged gas loadshedding in the Quetta.
A faction of Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-I) organised the protest demonstration against the gas outage on Thursday, calling for the the Sui Southern Gas Company to ensure provision of gas to citizens of Quetta.
The rally was taken out from Quetta Press Club which later turned into a sit-in near Governor House after passing through various areas of the provincial capital.
“Gas loadshedding has compounded problems of masses,” Maulana Abdul Qadir Looni, the JUI-I central leader told the attendees.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and other political parties also joined the protest and blocked roads, causing heavy traffic jams around the area.
“These are artificial crisis created by the authorities”, Maulana Looni claimed.
The participants of the protest were of the view that Quetta and other parts of northern and central Balochistan have been under grip of chilly weather for last more than a week and this gas outage issue is making their life worse.
The protesters also chanted slogans against SSGC and the provincial government for their failure to provide gas facility to citizens.
Commissioner Quetta Division Kambar Dashti later met the protesting political leaders and convinced them to end their sit-in. The Commissioner assured provision of gas to the citizens.
BHC directs SSGC to ensure provision of gas
The Balochistan High Court (BHC) directed the SSGC to ensure provision of uninterrupted gas facility to citizens.
A divisional bench of BHC comprising Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Muskanzai and Justice Muhammad Hashim Kakar ordered the managing director of SSGC to appear before the court on December 22.
The court passed this order on the directives of renowned lawyer leader Ali Ahmed Kurd.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily