Trader associations is observing a two-day strike across the country on October 29 and 30 to protest ‘huge taxes’ imposed by the federal government.
All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT) Central General Secretary Naeem Mir announced the decision during a press conference in Lahore.
The imposition of unjustified 17% sales tax, turn over tax and CNIC-based invoicing system had made it impossible for the community to run the businesses, said Mir.
The Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi Chambers of Commerce & Industry have strongly favoured a countrywide shutter down strike of the business community.
The charter of demands for the two-day strike that will be conducted on October 29 and 30 includes:
- The abolition of the condition to submit CNIC
- Restoration of the 1.2 million rupees income limit for income tax
- Announcement of fixed tax scheme for traders
- Stoppage of actions by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for the registration of mobile phones
- Restoration of the old property tax system
- Stoppage of the imposition of penalties by different institutions and the collection of professional tax from professionals and organizations
- Reduction in trade tax
The strike call is given by several traders associations coinciding with an anti-government march by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)- one of the country’s mainstream religious parties – which is proceeding toward Islamabad with an anti-government ‘Azadi March’.