The traders’ bodies have announced a massive two-day shutter-down strike across the country.
As per the details, the nationwide shutter-down strike is being observed on October 29 and 30 against the federal government of Pakistan over its policies.
To build the pressure on the federal government, all the major traders have sought to bring the trade and economic activities in the country to a standstill. The traders announced the strike to urge the government to change its policies and abolish the CNIC condition on the transaction of Rs50,000 or above on locally produced items.
The protesting traders have warned expanding the protest if the conditions, including submitting a copy of CNIC for buying and selling goods up to Rs 50,000 is not withdrawn.
All the traders of Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi have been asked to keep the shutters down on both days to protest against the additional duties and taxes on the imports, sales tax registration, fixed tax, etc.
The traders’ association in several cities of Pakistan including, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta have announced to observed the shutter-down strike on the call given by the All-Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran (APAT) and the Pakistan Traders Alliance (PTA) have also planned to march towards the capital city of Islamabad in protest.
Besides, all markets in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Gujrat, Liaquatpur, Peshawar, Swabi and many other urban cities are observing shutdown strike in protest against the policies introduced by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).