Markets Show Mix Reaction To Trader Country Wide Shutter Down Strike
Sumaira FH 9 days ago Sun 14th July 2019 | 12:00 AM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jul, 2019 ) :The business community on Saturday gave a mix reaction to the country wide shutter-down strike given by the trader's bodies to protest imposition of certain taxes in the budget.
Mostly shops dealing with business of chicken, meat, vegetables and grocery items, restaurants and medical stores remained opened in all localities. Routine traffic was also witnessed on roads across the country.
The traders have been divided on the issue of shutter-down strike as some groups observed strike but others kept their businesses open.
In Karachi, a lukewarm response was registered in various parts of the city as the traders commence their businesses by 12 o clock noon and they were witnessed to be at their shops as usual with some of them sitting in front of their show rooms with shutters being partially down.
Retail shops and general stores in different residential areas, across the metropolis, were reported to had been opened since morning while many of those located in commercial areas appeared to be waiting for initial response of the community to the call given by Markaz e Tanzeem Tajiran Pakistan (MTTP) and All Pakistan Tajiran, an umbrella organization of different traders' bodies.
Consequently, main markets of surgical goods and medical supplies, handicrafts and decoration items, all major malls and retailers doing their businesses in carpets, garments, shoes along with other consumer items preferred to pull up their shutters.
However, major auto-car dealers and traders of associated accessories preferred to keep their business largely suspended.
The daily wage earners and people with modest source of income, expressing their support for the government stance, said the businessmen engaged in luxury good items and earning in millions simply do not want to come under the taxation cover.
Various trader unions also took some procession in various cities areas which were participated by political activists of main stream political organizations. Criticizing, the government, Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajran (Punjab) President Sharjeel Mir said the business community showed their unity against the wrong policies. Tight security measures were being adopted by the police administrations during the protests. However, some markets in the major cities remained closed on the call given by the traders bodies for pressing their demand.