Countrywide traders’ two-day strike begins today


Trader associations is observing a two-day strike across the country on October 29 and 30 to protest ‘massive taxes’ imposed by the federal government.

This was announced by All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT) Central General Secretary Naeem Mir while addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club.

He said that the imposition of unjustified 17% sales tax, turn over tax and CNIC-based invoicing system had made it impossible for the community to run the businesses.

The Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi Chambers of Commerce & Industry have strongly favoured a countrywide shutter down strike of the business community.

The charter of demands for the two-day strike that will be conducted on October 29 and 30 includes:

The abolition of the condition to submit CNIC
Restoration of the 1.2 million rupees income limit for income tax
Announcement of fixed tax scheme for traders
Stoppage of actions by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for the registration of mobile phones
Restoration of the old property tax system
Stoppage of the imposition of penalties by different institutions and the collection of professional tax from professionals and organizations
Reduction in trade tax