Goods Transporters strike enters 4th consecutive day

KARACHI: The Goods Transporters continued their strike on Sunday for yet another day in protest against an increase in income tax and the frequent incidents of extortion, abduction and violence against them.

The country was suffering huge financial losses as Import and export activities countrywide on all the ports have been severely hampered due to the continuing strike of goods’ transport carriers. The transportation of all kinds of goods within the country was also suspended.

General-Secretary of Karachi Goods’ Carriers’ Association Muhammad Shoaib Khan told the PPI that their strike would continue until their major demands were not met by the government. He said that they had given government a 16-point agenda but their major demand included federal government to withdraw an increase in income tax of Rs300.

Shoaib Khan lamented that their drivers and other crew of goods’ transport carriers faced incidents of robbery, abductions and extortion and also deprivation of their loaded vehicles. He said that goods transporters had not been given financial compensation for their vehicles, which were torched and damaged in violent protest against assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December, 2007.

He said that hundreds of our containers have been lifted by the civil administration of Sindh and Punjab for blocking roads and streets during Muharram processions.

Shoaib Khan said that provincial government and commissioner Karachi had contacted their association’ members and assured them that their problems regarding lawlessness and violence would be resolved shortly. Though, he said that they would continue their strike till federal government withdraws an increase income tax.