After successful shutter down strike, the two major factions of the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran have called separate meetings in Lahore on Monday to make next strategy regarding another shutter down strike on Aug 5 (Wednesday).

All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Naeem Mir group will hold meeting in provincial office of the APAT which will be attended by its chairman and president. After the meeting this faction of APAT will hold a press conference, announcing its plan of supporting or remaining neutral on Aug 5. Earlier, the APAT meeting was scheduled in Islamabad on Monday.

The trade bodies presidents and secretaries of different districts and tehsils from Sindh, Balochistan, KPK and AJK, besides office-bearers of Lahore retail and wholesales markets will attend the meeting.

All Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran president Ajmal Baloch, APAT chairman Haji Shafiq, central general secretary Naeem Mir, Punjab president Mehboob Sirki, APAT Sindh president Adul Qayyum Qureshi, APAT Balochistan president Abdul Rahim Kakar, KPK President Haji Halim Jan, AJK president Adul Razzaq, All Karachi Tajir Ittehad president Jamil Paracha, APAT Lahore president Agha Adnan, Qaumi Tajir Ittehad Pakistan president Sheikh Mushtaq will also address the meeing. All Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran Lahore president Tariq Feroze, LCCI Azad Group chairman Raja Hassan Akhtar, Lahore Traders Alliance president Safdar Ali Butt, Khidmat Group chairman Babar Mehmood, Shah Alam Market Board president Kh Aamir, Walled City Markets board president Haji Tahir Naveed, Litton Road president Malik Nazim, Fruit Market president Ch Ejaz, general secretary Haji Ramazan, Wahdat road president Ch Fayyaz, Hall Road president Shabbir Labha, Akbari Mandi president Anwar Bobi have been invited in the meeting.

All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Khalid Pervaiz Group has also called a meeting in Urdu Bazar and after the meeting a press conference is scheduled. The meeting will also be attended by transporters organizations. It is to be noted that traders of Balochistan did not observe shutter down on Saturday and announced to close market on Aug 5 on the call of All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Khalid Pervaiz Group.

Khalid Pervaiz while talking to The Nation said their August 5 shutter-down strike would be more successful, and alleged that “black sheep” among the traders have tried to divide the community.

The traders have already had a shutter down of all the wholesale markets of the city in Ramazan showing their power recently, he said, adding that if the government would not withdraw the tax then the traders would launch a civil disobedience movement.