Nationwide traders’ two-day strike begins today

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.

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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’.

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