Islamabad: The local traders have been suffering huge losses for the last four months due to political rallies and sit-ins in the federal capital, therefore, government should ban all such activities in Islamabad and allocate a separate place for rallies and sit-ins out of the city.
This was demanded by Sarfraz Mughal, President, Traders Welfare Association, Super Market, Islamabad while addressing representatives of various markets.
He said the trend of political protests have brought business activities to standstill in Islamabad due to which the traders are unable to pay utility bills and salaries of employees.
He appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan to ensure due compensation to the traders affected by sit-ins and metro bus project.
Sarfraz Mughal also appealed to the landlords to exempt traders from at least two months’ rent so that they could be able to revive business activities.
Mohammad Hussain, General Secretary Traders Welfare Association of Super Market and former Vice President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that Islamabad was being sealed again due to Nov. 30, 2014 rally and the move has created lot of concerns in the traders and residents of the federal capital.
He said the metro bus project has already created lot of problems for the local residents and political rallies are adding to their difficulties. He said due to such circumstances, business activities and the overall economy are suffering.
He appealed to the Chief Commissioner ICT to ban political protests in Islamabad and shift their place out of Islamabad to save traders and the residents from further trouble.
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