RAWALPINDI: Traders have announced to start a national wide campaign including strike against load shedding of, which hits the business activities badly.
This was said by the leaders of All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Malk Shahid Ghafoor Paracha and others while talking to the media
He has announced protest demonstrations in all district headquarters of the province on June 23 in this connection . He.said that traders in Punjab would also observe a shutter-down strike against massive power cuts .
He said that different committees had been formed to coordinate and contact with other groups of traders and political parties to make the protest campaign a success. Paracha said that a meeting of trader representatives from 36 districts of the province had discussed the “worst ever” load shedding and its impact on the country’s economy.
APAT leader said that the trader body would convince people from all walks of life, including lawyers, labour unions, students and members of civil society, to join the protest. APAT has constituted committees to bring all the stakeholders on one platform.
He also urged the Punjab government to impose agriculture tax without any further delay. He said agriculture share in the Gross Domestic Product was 22 percent, but its share in revenue generation was negligible.
APAT’s announcement of the protest campaign came amid nationwide protests against massive power outages.
Traders in Faisalabad had been on a strike against up to 22 hours of load shedding in the third largest city of the country.
All business centres and markets were closed as part the shutter-down strike. Protesters blocked several city roads, burnt tyres and pelted stones at vehicles and government installations. Traders also staged a protest rally at Ghanta Ghar Faisalabad on Sunday .
A large number of industrial workers also joined the protests and blocked traffic by burning tyres on the roads. The protesters said the power shutdown in different areas had made it impossible for them to earn their livelihoods.