RAWALPINDI: The traders’ bodies in the twin cities have nodded in favour of the shutter-down strike on July 13 and rejected the 2019-20 budget.
They expressed that the strike against cruel taxation and inflation would be made successful.
The meeting of representative bodies of traders in the twin cities on the platform of Tajir Ethihad was held Tuesday. Leaders of traders and representatives of different bodies participated in the meeting.
They said that the charter-of-demands presented to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) should be implemented; otherwise the traders would go on a three-day shutter down strike. They added that they would shut down all the markets and hand over the keys of their shops to the government eventually.
The leaders said that associations of jewelers, furniture makers and mobile phone dealers were supporting them. They added that the government institutions were trying to bribe them to stay quite on the pretext of taxes.
Moreover, they expressed that the government was trying to push the traders against the wall to please International Monetary Fund (IMF).
They demanded that the government should introduce fixed tax system for small traders.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2019.