LAHORE: The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on Saturday launched a token protest by setting thread and fabric on fire in Lahore and announced to hold Textile black day next week, if their demands were not addressed.
APTMA office-bearers lashed out at the incumbent government over neglecting textile sector and threatened to go on strike next week, if their demands were not addressed.
APTMA Chairperson Amir Fayyaz said that they would close all the mills and observe Black Day on next week. While addressing a news conference, Fayyaz said they were compelled to take the decision as the government failed to provide the announced package of Rs180 billion as well as cheap electricity to the textile sector.
Exports have diminished, while no new (packages) have been announced in the budget, he said. “Instead, new taxes have been leveled on the sector.” He said Vietnam, Bangladesh and India have left Pakistan behind due to government’s inappropriate polices.