Traders insist on lifting shutters on May 10

Businessmens’ representatives of urge govt to devise procedures for opening shops

​ Our Correspondent May 05, 2020

RAWALPINDI: The traders’ bodies of the garrison city have warned of breaking the lockdown and open the shutters after May 9.

Another traders' body has recalled for the opening of all kinds of businesses in the country to let businessmen recover the loss they bore for over a month.

The Anjuman Tajiran Pakistan President Kashif Chaudhry has warned that they would open their businesses without the government's permission after May 9. While addressing a presser in Islamabad on Monday, the president added that the traders wait for the month of Ramazan whole year as their sales climb during the holy month.

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The official cited that apparently, the lockdown has gone weaker throughout the country. However, only the traders were being barred from opening the markets.

Call to lift shutters

Meanwhile, several traders’ bodies in the garrison city have also sought permission from the government to open shops under SOPs. Or else, they announced to lift the shops’ shutters without caring about the repercussions.

The representatives said that the government should seal the shops that violate the SOPs, adding that the traders and business community should also be given a chance to celebrate the festivity of Eidul Fitr.

The district officials should be deployed to keep a check on businesses, they suggested.

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The traders' representatives cited that lockdown was now being relaxed all over the world and the businesses were given permission to open, adding that the incumbent government should resort to it as well.

They warned that if the government did not permit them to open markets, they would do it without caring about the consequences. 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2020.


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