Traders across country observe strike against surge in sales tax and inflation

KARACHI/RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: Traders all across the country have shut down their businesses on Saturday in a bid to protest against the inflation and increase in sales tax.

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All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT, last week had called for the strike from July 13 against the federal government in several cities of the country for a hike in sales tax in the federal budget.

Areas in Karachi such as Tariq Road, Saddr are close. However, few media reports claiming that there is a partial shutter down in Karachi.

Meanwhile, Lahore and Peshawar are observing a shutter down strike along with those in Multan and DI Khan.

In Pindi, trade bodies of the city have been divided on the issue of shutter-down strike against the imposition of taxes in the budget 2019-20. The leaders of three groups of Anjuman Tajran, including Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, Sharjeel Mir and Arshad Awan have announced to observe a strike today while another group led by Shahid Qayyum Mughal has said they will keep their businesses open today.

“We will observe a shutter-down strike on July 13 on the call of Markazi Anjuman Tajiran of the country,” Shahid Paracha, Sharjeel Mir and Arshad Awan said in a statement on Friday.

District President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Traders Wing Shahid Qayyum Mughal said they wanted to give time to the government as the previous rulers had destroyed the economy.

Traders and businessmen have called a strike against the imposition of 17 per cent sales tax in the tribal districts as well, with as many as 35 steel mills reportedly shut down in the tribal regions. The president of the FATA Steel Mills Association has threatened to protest outside the provincial assembly if the tax is not withdrawn

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