ISLAMABAD: Traders in Islamabad and Rawalpindi protested and staged several sit-ins in the capital against the rising number of taxes being imposed on them, Express News reported on Tuesday.
The sit-in was staged in front of the parliament, the Supreme Court and the office of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) after the protesters breached the security barricades of the red zones.
The heavy deployment of police in these red zones tried to negotiate with the protesters as the joint session of parliament was also taking place. A special squad, as well as armoured vehicles, was also called in to disperse the protesters.
Several clashes took place between the protesters and the police officials.
The protesting traders requested the Supreme Court to take suo motu action against unfair taxes. They further demanded that the government and the higher authorities should immediately take back the decision of imposing more taxes on traders.
They also said that no official of the FBR has tried to negotiate with them, and if no official comes to negotiate, they will barge into their office.
All earlier negotiations between the traders and authorities have failed.
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