Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

GB traders call off strike, November 23 new deadline

GILGIT:  Following the assurance of provincial government the traders in Gilgit-Baltistan have called off its 3-day shutter-down strike on Wednesday, threatening to go on strike again if the imposed taxes were not withdrawn till November 23.

The announcement was made by the representatives of trader bodies and All Parties Core Committee after having rounds of negotiations with the representatives of Gilgit Baltistan Council and provincial government.

Members Gilgit Baltistan Council Arman Shah, Ashraf Sada, Minister Work Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Parliamentary Secretary Aurangzeb Advocate and other representatives of provincial government negotiating with the representatives of Anjuman-i- Tajiran and All Parties Core Committee.

The government has assured to held meeting with PM Abbasi  to deliberate on adaptation ordinance 2013 and inform the traders before November 24.

The 3-day long shutter down strike had paralyzed business and other commercial activities in all the 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. Transporter association had also observed a complete wheel-jam strike on Wednesday to show solidarity with the demands of the traders.

The strike was called by Markazi Anjuman-i-Tajran and endorsed  by All Parties Coordination Committee which was formed by representatives of  all political and religious parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party, Islami Tehreek Pakistan, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Jamat Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, and Bar Associations.

The strike was observed in the provincial capital Gilgit and other towns of Gilgit, Ghizer, Hunza, Nagar, Skardu, Shigar, Ganche, Karmang, Astore and Diamer districts.


The traders in Gilgit-BAltistan suffered a loss of approximately Rs4 billion due to ongoing protests, reports Dunya News.


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