Islamabad - After verbal refusal for not accepting more cloth for stitching, tailors of twin cities have placed boards of `No More Booking’, leaving no option for belated customers except buying readymade suits. The holy month of Ramazan is fast heading towards the festivity of Eidul Fitr and tailors manoeuvring the situation have stopped booking more orders, besides raising charges from Rs800 to Rs1,000 per suit for urgent deliveries. The womenfolk mostly completed their shopping before the holy month of Ramazan due to their hectic engagements at home and to avoid rush at eleventh hour.

But those, who could not complete their tasks by any reason, are seen convincing tailors to accept their orders and asssure in time delivery.

Anila Qaiser, a college student, told this agency that last year the

average rate for the stitching of a simple suit was Rs600 but this year no tailor was accepting less than Rs1000. These rates varied

from Rs1000 to 1800 due to designing. She complained, “There is no mechanism to monitor rates and charges are forced by tailors on their own.” Salma Noor, the lecturer at a government college, remarked she could not book her stitching in time and was excused to accept for overburdened orders. But on offering extra money she was not only accomodated but was also ensured timely delivery.”These are tactics of tailors to charge extra money from people,” she added.

Yasmeen Nawaz, a private hospital paramedic, said it had become just

impossible for the white collared to arrange new clothes for their children due to ever increasing rates.

Shoaib Akmal, a tailor at Aabpara Market sharing his views, said 40 to 50 customers daily visited his shop. “Regular customers come at the last minute to place their orders, making the tailoring job difficult as denial to them can cause a permanent financial loss,” he added. Another tailor Ayub Khalid was of the opinion that the wedding season also started with the Eid and they were already occupied with orders so it was not possible to take further, which they could not deliver in time. “Loadshedding has also reduced the production, so I have hired extra staff to complete orders in time, but people do not consider our problems,” he said.