Women protest against gas load shedding in Quetta: Photo Daily Quetta Voice

Manan Mandokhail:

QUETTA: Scores of women and children joined a fervent protest against gas load shedding in Quetta, demanding justice for the adverse effects it has had on citizens, exacerbating problems in the harsh winter weather and even claiming lives. Muhammad Akram, a passionate protester, expressed the sentiments of the crowd, saying, “We want justice.”

The demonstrators, irate with the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) administration, blocked the main road, unleashing full-throated slogans to voice their discontent. The blockade disrupted regular traffic flow, causing inconvenience for common people caught in the crossfire of the protest.

Women protest against SSGC: Photo Daily Quetta Voice

Unleashing Full-Throated Slogans To Voice Their Discontent

In an attempt to address the concerns of the protesters, senior officers from the Quetta administration initiated successful negotiations, leading to the eventual reopening of the road for traffic. Despite the resolution, the demonstration shed light on the hardships faced by ordinary citizens due to the ongoing gas load shedding in Quetta.

Daily Quetta Voice reached out to the SSGC for comments on the situation. However, the company’s response echoed a familiar refrain, with the PRO reportedly situated in Karachi, leaving them unable to provide immediate commentary on the issue.

Citizens Grapple With Harsh Consequences

The protest highlights the urgency for a comprehensive solution to the gas load-shedding problem, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability within energy management systems. As citizens grapple with the harsh consequences of inadequate gas supply during the winter season, the call for justice and resolution resonates, urging authorities to address the root cause of the issue and ensure the well-being of the community.

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