The traders will observe the countrywide complete strike on Saturday from Karachi to Khyber and Kashmir to Gwadar in protest against the government after a hike in sales tax in the federal budget for the current financial year.
A nationwide shutter-down strike from July 13 against the government in several cities of the country announced by All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT) Central General Secretary Naeem Mir while addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Friday.
President of the Tariq Road Alliance said he was supporting the call for strike given by the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT) and the Tajir Action Committee.
Central General Secretary Naeem Mir said that the traders would not negotiate with the government until the withdrawal of the “unfair taxes”. He lamented that the government was trying to divide the business community instead of resolving their issues.
Leaders of different markets — Amjad Ch, Waqar Ahmed Mian, Haji Hanif, Malik Amanat, Sohail Mehmood Butt Imran Bashir, Sheikh Irfan Iqbal, Mian Tahir Subhani, Malik Farooq Hafiz, Agha Zulfiqar, Syed Azmat Shah and Malik Kaleem– were present at the meeting.
Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajran (Punjab) President Sharjeel Mir said traders were united countywide and will protest against the wrong government policies.
He said “The government will see the unity of traders on July 13. The business community has strongly rejected the budget and new taxes imposed by the FBR,”
He demanded that Prime Minister Imran Khan in consultation with traders should announce forth with amendments in the budget, otherwise traders would go for complete shutter down for an extended period.
Lahore Businessmen Front chairman Amjad Ch, on this occasion, said that businessmen reject this budget made by bureaucracy on the instructions of International Monetary Fund.
Other traders were of the view that without bringing any reforms in FBR, the government has handed over budget matters to the IMF.
They said that an increase in dollar price has brought a new wave of inflation in the country, while the imposition of new taxes in the budget has also created concerns in the business community.
They appealed to traders to observe shutter down on Saturday not only for the “protection of their business interests but also to save the national economy”.
They said that the FBR chairman had been advising people on how to avoid tax payment and now he wanted to bring people into tax net within days, which is not possible.
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