Natural gas shutoff

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Pakistan is experiencing a natural gas shortage this winter that first put a crimp on the country’s textile industry and now has been shifted to put the brunt on Pakistani homes. Iranian workers shown here were working last March on the construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas from Iran into Pakistan. UPI file photo/Hamid Forotan/ISNA.

FAISALABAD, Jan  22,2014 (Mohammad Saleem / UPI Next) — After disrupting Pakistan’s textile industry for two weeks, a government shutoff of natural gas supplies is taking a toll on households.

The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Co., the state-run company in charge of the country’s gas supply, suspended delivery to the textile industry and other sectors Dec. 10 in an effort to provide smooth winter service to households. Two weeks later, after protests from textile exporters, the government restored 23 percent of their supplies, cutting into household gas.

Protests against the household shortage have broken out in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot and Gujranwala. Some protesters cooked food on the streets using wood for fuel.

Read more  Pakistani households hit by natural gas shutoff – UPI.com.

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