QCCI backs transporters’ strike in Balochistan

Accuses collector customs of targeting transport sector


Mohammad Zafar April 23, 2020
File photo of a solder standing guard in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: Senior Vice President of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) Badruddin Kakar and other office-bearers have said that after destroying the steel mills and old spare parts industry, collector customs along with others was targeting transport sector in the province.

They condemned the behavior of the customs officials and extended full support to Balochistan Goods Truck Owners Association’s strike across the province.

President of the Balochistan Goods Truck Association Mohammad Shahwani on Tuesday told the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry office-bearers that the present chief collector customs and others have stopped 700 freight vehicles at NLC due to which the province's largest trade area has faced massive losses, causing the owners of major transport companies to go bankrupt.

Shahwani was accompanied by the association’s Secretary General Haji Abdul Baqi Kakar, Senior Vice President Haji Abdullah, Finance Secretary Ahmed Shah Murree and others during a meeting.

Kakar and other officials supported the stance against the customs and other collectors.

Kakar termed the concerns against the officials as genuine, claiming that it was because of such people, the steel mills and old spare parts industry went bankrupt and was in turmoil, calling it an “unruly and discriminatory” behavior.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2020.

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