LAHORE, Dec 5: The LPG Distributors Association and the Awami Rickshaw Union on Dec 4 announced an elaborate protest plan from Dec 10-13 against levy of regulatory duty and other taxes on the import of the fuel (liquefied petroleum gas).
“Since we think the levy of all the taxes on the LPG is unfair, we will not bear it. So we have decided to start protests from Dec 10 (in front of the Lahore Press Club), Dec 12 (Wahdat Road, Iqbal Town), Dec 17 (Kalma Chowk), Dec 24 (LPG seminar) and Dec 31 (Liberty Chowk). And finally on January 10, we will observe a shutter-down and wheel jam strike across the country,” LPG Distributors Association chairman Irfan Khokhar said at a press conference.
Flanked by Awami Rickshaw Union chief Majeed Ghauri, Mr Khokhar said a majority of the poor would have no option but to purchase LPG on increased rates due to imposition of RD and other taxes.
He said there was daily consumption of 4,500 metric tons of LPG in winter in the country for which it needed to import around 2,500 metric tons of the liquefied gas. He apprehended that imposition of taxes would result in complete destruction of the LPG industry.
Mr Ghauri said the rickshaw drivers would be among the worst-hit. He demanded the government should immediately withdraw its decision.
Published by Daily Dawn on Dec 5, 2017