Textile plant owners in Pakistan have staged demonstrations against electricity and gas cuts and a new increase in power tariffs in the country.

A large number of plant owners gathered at Ansari chowk Multan to protest, chanting for an end to gas and electricity cuts.

In a press statement, Gohar Ejaz, chairman of APTMA, said that the textile industry would face a US$3bn export loss and 30% production loss due to the suspension of gas supplies during the winter. He urged the Government to ensure gas availability to textile industry on priority basis.

Around 75% of the textile industry in the northern part of the country uses gas to generate its own electricity, because it is around 40% cheaper than state-supplied electricity.