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Pakistan Gas Shortages Spark Protests

People protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, against the lack of transport, January 2, 2012

Pakistani cities were virtually paralyzed Monday as thousands of people across the country demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price hikes.

Protesters burned tires and blocked highways as public transportation ground to a halt in most cities.

Lines snaked around gas stations as cars stocked up on dwindling gas stocks.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.