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QUETTA: People belonging to various parts of the city staged a protest demonstration outside the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) officer in Quetta against unannounced load-shedding. The protesters burnt tires and blocked the main Samungli road to vent their anger.
“The gas company has failed to provide supply in this chilly weather”, Muhammad Alam, a resident of the Killi Deba area of the city lamented. He said women and children were suffering from diseases because of the dry cold weather in the area.
Protesters threaten to intensify the protest
The protesters chanted full-throated slogans against the SSGC administration and demanded of the company to make sure of the provision of an uninterrupted gas supply. “We will intensify our protest against the gas company”, Mr. Alam warned.
People suffered difficulties because of the blockade of the road by the protesters. They were gathered outside the SSGC’s office. However, no official held negotiations with protesters. Long queues of vehicles on both sides of the road were witnessed as a result of the blockade of the road.
Quetta, Kalat, Ziarat, Mastung, Pishin, and other parts of Balochistan are under the grip of severe cold weather. The residents of these areas have been suffering unannounced and prolonged hours of load shedding. Dry cold weather has further compounded the problems of consumers.