On Wednesday, The All Pakistan Traders Association has announced to observe a countrywide shutter-down strike on October 28 and 29, following the failure of discussions with officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
The traders organized a demonstration to protest against the tax reforms introduced by the government under the slogan “Tajir Bachao March“. Merchants who were demonstrating attempted to move towards the office of the Federal Board of Revenue.
The APTA organized the march from Rawalpindi to Islamabad. A large number of businessmen and traders participated in the demonstration. The police stopped the protesters at the Serena Chowk, where they observed a sit-in. A few enraged protesters attempted to cause damage to the public properties and tried to remove barbwires in the area.
This prompted the law enforcers to baton-charge the protesters. Meanwhile, the FBR decided to hold talks with the protesters, but they failed to yield any results.
Leaders of the protesting traders’ community claimed that the FBR is not ready to listen to their demands and added that they will not pay unjust tax. further that the business community will not accept the condition of presentation of a copy of their CNICs for the sale and purchase of goods.
FBR officials informed the traders that they could not do anything pertaining to the order as it was part of a finance bill presented by the government and approved by the parliament.
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27 September, 2019