LAHORE-All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran general secretary Naeem Mir while rejecting the Sindh government’s decision of markets forced closure at 7 in the evening, said that the move had never been successful in the past.

APAT general secretary termed the Singh government plan impracticable and threatened to take recourse to all possible ways of protest against it. The federal govt’s next attack will be on Lahore and Islamabad on the excuse of Sindh govt decision. He termed the plan discriminatory against retailers of Karachi, saying no such policy was implemented in the past in other provinces including Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said contacts with traders’ representatives across the country were being made to convene a meeting for taking a joint line of action against the unjust step.

“We are standing with the traders of Sindh and if govt attempted to get the markets closed forcibly it would face severe resistance by the traders and we can go on strike if the decision is not withdrawn.” The Sindh govt should withdraw the decision within 48 hours otherwise we are convening the all trade bodies meeting for taking a joint action including protests and strikes, Mir added.

The shopkeepers have been asked to pull down shutters at 7pm sharp, he said, adding that the people hardly get out of their homes before evening. Therefore, they need at least two hours to carry out their shopping plan. He said that the government should focus on other avenues of energy conservation instead of reducing business hours. He said that electricity pilferages and line losses should be controlled and constructing new dams was not a bad idea. He wondered why the Sindh government was targeting the businessmen, ignoring the energy being wasted on illumination of parks and other buildings.