The Karachi transporters are to resume their services from Monday, as announced by the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI).
On Saturday, while addressing a press conference, the KTI President Irshad Bukhari issued a warning of staging a sit-in protest if they were restrained from operating. He also added that they all were willing to be apprehended for resuming their services.
He indicated that the government of Sindh has announced the lockdown on the 18th of March and on the directives of the Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, and the transporters suspended their activities.
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Bukhari indicated that as the drivers and the fare collectors were the daily-wage workers, the transporters haven been offered a relief package by the government if the suspension of the public transportation was needed and necessary.
He stressed on the financial crisis that is being experienced by the transporters and said that their families were suffering from starvation.
He claimed that even the shopkeepers have been given the permit to resume their business, the transporters have also contacted the provincial transport minister. As per hum the Labour Minister of Sindh, Saeed Ghani had asked them to formulate the SOPs for their services, on which they were asked that they would be carrying the passengers’ seat by seat.
He also indicated that the transporters would be made to follow all the SOPs, which includes the use of face masks and sanitizers, and added that they would be disowning the ones who would fail to do so.