Traders ask government to save them from losses due to political sit-ins

Islamabad: Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, President, Traders Welfare Association, Jinnah Super Market and former President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry has said the local traders were suffering great business losses due to political sit-ins in Islamabad and called upon the government to urgently resolve this issue through dialogue to save the traders from further difficulties.

He said the call for Nov. 30, 2014 political rally has created lot of concerns in the business community.

He stressed that government should settle all political matters through the process of negotiations and put complete ban on political protests in the federal capital to avoid any disturbances to business activities.

Ejaz Abbasi said that traders could have their own views on various matters, however, they all on the same page to keep the national interest supreme. He said for the last few months, business activities in Islamabad have badly suffered due to which traders are unable to meet even their day-to-day expenses.

He called upon the protesting parties to take due care of the interests of business community while launching such moves.

He also appealed to the Chairman FBR to exempt affected traders of Islamabad from tax liability as due to political dharnas, they have suffered huge losses and were unable to file income tax returns.

He said due to expected political rally on Nov. 30, 2014, the local administration has again started to confiscate containers and it seems the citizens of Islamabad will again be confined to their houses causing more loss to businesses.

He warned the administration to avoid such tactics, otherwise, a meeting of all traders would be called to finalize future strategy to get rid of political sit-ins and protests.

He also appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to save the local traders and residents from further troubles on account of political dharnas.

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