Traders Call For A Nationwide Strike
Trader bodies from all across the country have called for a nationwide strike today in protest of the incumbent government economic measures. It is pertinent mentioning here that since the budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved, traders have been widely criticizing the government for its rampant policies.
Although local trading bodies did call for a strike, all pertinent chambers of commerce and industry abstained from today’s call, which shows the level of disparity amongst the traders.
Dawn reports that today’s events might reflect upon the strength and unity of traders against the incumbent government. Majority of such association include All Pakistan Anjuman Tajiran (APAT), All Pakistan Truck Trailer Owners Association, Jewelers Association, Auto Dealers Association and others.
“We will not negotiate with the government till the withdrawal of unfair taxes. The government is trying hard to divide us. But we will not be divided,” announced Naeem Mir, central secretary general of the APAT while addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday, according to Dawn.
Despite calls for a nationwide strike, trader association from smaller cities including Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and other areas still remain divided upon the issue.
It is pertinent to mention here that Chairman FBR and his aides have been meeting various tradings associations and industry leaders for a solution towards the matter at hand where government and traders are on a standstill e.
One of the major highlights of the negotiation remains the CNIC issue, which requires the said trader or retailer to make CNIC`s of their customers as part of the transactional record.
The business hub of the country, Karachi has been witnessing an important development where trading association divide deepens. Such associations include Karachi Tajir Action Committee (KTAC) and Karachi Electronic Dealers Association.
Dawn quotes a member of the KTAC, Ahmed Shamsi who said markets including Jama Cloth, Medicine market, Bohri Bazar Saddar, Sarafa Market, used car dealers showrooms, Light House, Khalid Bin Waleed Road, Jodia Bazar, Timber Market, Iron and Steel Market, Ranchore Line, Lee Market, Lyari area markets, Hyderi markets, Gulf Shopping Centre at Clifton, few markets of Tariq Road and Liaquatabad market will remain open on Saturday.