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Traders Begin Two-Day Nationwide Shutterdown Strike

All-Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran (APAT) announced to observe a two-day nationwide shutterdown strike against the government over its “anti-business” policies on October 29 and 30.

APAT has given a strike call across the country against taxation policies of the incumbent government which has been completely supported by traders’ associations in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and other parts of the country.

APAT President Ajmal Baloch said the traders all across the country are exploited due to anti-business policies of government and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

“Finance adviser Hafeez Shaikh and FBR chairman Shabbar Zaidi should be dismissed from their posts otherwise we will be compelled to come out on streets,” Ajmal Baloch said.

The APAT President said the government should understand that tax collection was dependent on business activity, and it was essential for the country’s economic growth that traders could run their businesses without fear or threat.

All-Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) assured its full support to APAT and vowed to close down markets on M.A. Jinnah Road, Tariq Road, Saddar, old city areas, iron and steel market, and timber market.

Moreover, traders in Faisalabad, Multan and other cities of the country would keep shutters down on both days to protest against additional duties and taxes on imports and the CNIC condition on transaction of Rs50,000 or above.