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The CNG dealers association on Saturday announced that it would observe a strike on June 6 against the levy on CNG, urging filling station owners to shut their businesses on the day.—Photo by Online

KARACHI: Different associations related with CNG business and public transport have condemned the imposition of new levy on CNG in the new year’s budget, terming it an “anti-public move” and demanding it’s immediate withdrawal.

A joint meeting of the All Pakistan CNG Association, CNG Dealers Association, CNG Owners Association and Karachi Transport Ittehad was held here on Saturday to deliberate over the government’s decision of slapping new levy on CNG and devise a joint strategy against it.

Addressing the meeting Chairman CNG Dealers Association Abdul Sami Khan said that his associations would go on strike against the government decision on 6th June. He appealed all CNG filling station owners to keep their business closed on the day.

Central Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association, Ayaz Abdullah Paracha rejected the government decision and said it would completely destroy the CNG business and as a result hundreds of thousands of people related to it would become jobless.

Irshad Bukhari, President Karachi Transport Ittehad flayed the government, calling it a regime of looters. He appealed to the public to take to the streets to protest against the government’s decision as it would eventually affect the common man.