TRADERS SHUT MARKET ACROSS PAKISTAN AFTER TALKS FAILURE WITH GOVERNMENT
ISLAMABAD: Traders shut market across Pakistan -The business community witnessed a nationwide shutdown strike Tuesday against budget measures designed to document its transactions, with a large number of urban markets responding to the strike call.
During the day, dialogue broke out between the government and the business community, which thwarted hopes of an early strike.
The markets are expected to remain largely closed on Wednesday (today), as a group of five traders’ associations has called for a two-day protest against recently introduced measures aimed at expanding the tax net. And retailers have to make sure they pay their taxes.
The strike coincided with the launch of the anti-government “Freedom March” of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Grace.
The strike was called after a series of failed negotiations between business leaders and officials led by Prime Minister’s Adviser for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikhand Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Shabbar Zaidi.
After the controversial talks, Dr Sheikh criticized the businessmen for not paying tax, saying only 392,000 of the 3.5 million traders were in the tax net.
Islamabad strongly observed the strike, but in Rawalpindi, traders were able to deliver a strong message of unity as all the major trading centers there kept their shutters closed throughout the day.
On the call of the All Pakistan Association of Traders (APAT), traders responded well to the strike call, closing their businesses in most markets and shopping centers.
“We immediately reject the ‘IMF agenda in the country’. Since the government is playing a ‘meeting meeting’ with us, we warn him to accept our demands or face further shutdown download strikes in the near future, “said APAT at a protest camp in Lahore. President Ashraf Bhatti said. Traders closed their shops in the majority of markets.
Most markets in Multan were closed and traders in Faisalabad staged a strike in the markets of clothing, jewelry, hosiery and yarn. However, Clock Tower had a partial strike in eight markets.
The strike was observed in most markets of Vehari, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sargodha, Muzaffargarh, Okara, Sialkot, Toba Tek Singh and Gujranwala.
In Sindh, trade centers, major markets and markets, shopping malls and businesses remained closed in all major cities, except Karachi, where representatives of various trade organizations, which claimed to be on the same page, closed on Monday. What was Some big markets are open during the day, markets are hit.
In Karachi, most markets witnessed a strike as the wholesale and retail trade center was closed along MA Jinnah Road.
But markets in Korangi, Landhi and Malir partially responded to the strike call.
Entrepreneurs never wanted to close their businesses, but now they are forced to close due to the complicated process of collecting taxes through the documentation process, said Karachi Wholesale Grocers Association acting chief Anis Majeed. Can’t be overnight. General Chat Chat Lounge
Neighborhood markets, such as the Hydari Market in North Nazimabad, and two major FB markets. Most markets in the area, (water pump and Karimabad), and Liaquatabad were doing normal business.
Clifton and the Defense Area also opened a large part of the president around the Empress Market.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, businessmen witnessed a strike in the provincial capital, Peshawar and other districts of the province.
Business leaders frequently visited various areas to ensure the success of the protest as all the shopping centers in Peshawar were closed.
Other cities in the province also had a partial strike in which some shops and markets were closed while others remained open.
Meanwhile, there was a complete shutdown strike across Balochistan including Quetta, where all markets, shops, business centers, plazas, bazaars and businesses remained closed throughout the day.
The provincial capital’s shopping areas presented a deserted look as most of the vehicles were closed to the streets.
The strike was also observed in Dera Murad Jamali, Sibi, Hub, Dera Allahyar, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Loralai, Gwadar, Chaman, Pishin, Turbat, Panjgur, Noshki, Dalbandin and other cities of the province. However, some shops around Quetta City opened this afternoon.