Farmers protest against GST, trade with India continues on second day

LAHORE: Pakistan Kissan Ittehad’s (PKI) protest outside Punjab Assembly demanding wavier in general sales tax (GST) has entered second day on Friday.


The protesters have demanded the government to wave off GST and boycott agricultural trade with India.

Farmers from different parts of the country have gathered to stage a sit-in in Punjab’s metropolitan and provincial capital.

The supporters of the cause spent last night on roads in open. On August 20, the Mall was blocked for all kinds of traffic as protesters danced on drum beats.

The union demands the government to bring reforms in agriculture policies. Protesters have demanded relaxation in GST on export products. Another demand put forth by farmers is ban on trade with India.

The government has been asked to purchase a 40 kilogram (kg) bag of cotton for at least Rs 4,000. The union has demanded the government to pay sugarcane farmers as soon as possible.

The protesters have vowed to continue protests until their demands are met.

However, until early hours of Friday no government representative has approached the irked farmers to negotiate.