Traders feel threatened from political dharnas and sit-ins

Islamabad: Tahir Abbasi, President, Traders Welfare Association F-10 Markaz, Islamabad said that the residents of Islamabad were already facing great problems due to metro bus project while the political dharnas and sit-ins have multiplied their difficulties bringing normal life in Islamabad to a halt.

He said due to this situation, business activities in the federal capital are also badly suffering and traders are in great financial crunch.

He urged the government to urgently resolve the issue of sit-ins in Islamabad through dialogue in order to rid the business community and the overall economy from further trouble. He was addressing office bearers of various local markets.

Tahir Abbasi said whenever a call is given for political rally or dharna, Islamabad is blocked by placing containers on major routes due to which traders could not reach shops, children could not go to schools and residents are confined to their homes.

He said traders are already in trouble on account of high electricity bills, tax liabilities and inflation while business activities are also in slump due to which business community is unable to meet day to day expenses.

He appealed to the local landlords to give concessions to traders in rent keeping in view the prevailing tough conditions. He said traders are facing difficulty in filing income tax returns due to heavy losses in business and appealed to the Chairman FBR to exempt local traders from this year’s tax liability.

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