PESHAWAR: Local traders on Monday have expressed concern over an unprecedented increase in rents of district government properties, issuance of illegal notices to them, raids in bazaars, and arresting of colleagues on the pretext of violating standard operation procedure (SOPs).
The reservations were raised by a delegation of Al-Khidmat Traders District Peshawar, which met with the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervaiz at the chamber house.
Besides, SCCI Senior Vice President and Vice President Shahid Hussain and Abdul Jalil, Al-Khidmat Traders District Peshawar Patron in Chief and Khyber Bazaar Anjuman-e-Tajaran President Khalid Mehmood, Al-Khidmat Tajraan Peshawar President Khalid Gul Mohmand, General Secretary Irfan Paracha, Deputy General Secretary Mushtaq Ahmad Khalil, Vice President Haji Saifullah, Anjuman e Tajraan Khyber Bazaar General Secretary Bashir Zada, Al-Khidmat City Tajraan General Secretary Gul Muhammad Safi, and Al-Khidmat Tajraan Peshawar Vice Presidents Amirzada and Zahir Shah were present in the meeting.
Khalid Mehmood informed the meeting regarding traders’ issues as a result of government anti-business policies and discriminatory attitudes carried out with the business community during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in the city.
The traders’ leader asked the government to take back its decision regarding a whopping increase in rents of district government properties, stop issuance of illegal notices, harassing and arresting of his colleagues on the pretext of violation of SOPs.
Maqsood Pervaiz, while speaking in the meeting, said that they have always raised the genuine demands and issues of traders before the relevant authorities and departments and resolved them on a priority basis. He assured the traders that the chamber will take up their problems and grievances with the department concerned to address them amicably.
The SCCI chief demanded the provincial government to immediately take back its decision regarding an unprecedented increase in rents of district government properties and also withdraw the notices issued to traders in this regard.
Furthermore, he asked to waive off the last three months property rents of traders, which have adversely affected by the corona lockdown. He maintained that the traders should be harassed and arrested while conducting raids on shops and markets by officials of district administration, meant to enforce SOPs.
The chamber president demanded the federal government to defer implementation of the Point of Sale (POS) System and condition of CNIC for the next three years.
Shahid Hussain and Abdul Jalil Jan also spoke during the meeting and stressed the need for unity among traders association and unions so that issues faced by the business community are immediately resolved.