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Pakistan: Gov’t Says Textile Industry Won’t be Allowed to Shut Down Despite Gas Shortage

Acknowledging that the textile industry is the backbone of Pakistan’s national economy, the country’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the sector will not be allowed to shut down because of the gas crisis.

Just as the issue of gas supply to the textile industry was resolved last year, measures are being taken to accommodate the vital sector this year as well, Sharif said during a meeting at the Pakistan Textile Summit 2014.

According to Pakistan’s The Nation, Sharif told a delegation including Federal Minister for Textile and Industry Abbas Khan Afridi and former chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), that the gas supply issue would be resolved through collective efforts and the factories and mills will continue to be supplied gas.

Steps will also be taken to supply electricity to the industry and Sharif has issued instructions for laying pipelines to supply Punjab.

Afridi stressed that the sector’s setbacks would be addressed and that textile exports would still be doubled over the next five years to $26 billion.