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PAKISTAN CORONAVIRUS TRADERS

Local News Karachi , Domestic place

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Pakistani traders  warn govt against extending lockdown in the country.

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Pakistani businessmen demand that lockdown should not be further extended beyond April 14.

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Shotlist:   KARACHI , PAKISTAN  (APRIL  14, 2020)    (VNA – ACCESS ALL)


  1. RICKSHAW PASSING THROUGH CLOSED MARKET
  2. SHUTTERED SHOPS
  3. LOCKS ON SHOPS
  4. TWO MEN WALKING THROUGH DESERTED MARKET
  5. VARIOUS OF CLOSED MARKET
  6. KARACHI TRADERS SITTING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE
  7. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHAIRMAN  KARACHI TRADERS ALLIANCE, JAMEEL  PARACHA,  SAYING:
  8. “We have hundreds of thousands of employees. We have paid them one month’s salaries with great difficulty, but paying them further salaries is becoming impossible. If the government decides to continue the lockdown , we will be compelled to layoff all  our employees. All shop owners will surrender the keys of their shops to the CM (Chief Minister) house. After that we will go and sit outside the CM House  along with our families, and demand that they arrange for our food and other needs. “
  9. REPORTERS
  10. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHAIRMAN  KARACHI TRADERS ALLIANCE, JAMEEL  PARACHA,  SAYING:
  11.  “We realize that coronavirus is spreading very fast but we have been compelled to take this step because of the deteriorating condition of the traders. We will open all businesses on Wednesday, April 15, with all necessary safety precautions. We are doing this because we are in dire straits; traders have been constrained to borrow money from here and there.”
  12. TRADERS
  13. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHAIRMAN  KARACHI TRADERS ALLIANCE, JAMEEL  PARACHA,  SAYING:
  14. “If force is used against us, we are ready to court arrests. Through the media, I want to give this message to the traders across Sindh province: ‘For God’s sake, now is not the time to step back. Open your shops. If arrests take place, all of us are ready to be arrested. Instead of dying at home, it is better if we die in their custody.’ We are no longer ready to fall back now. If the government wants to continue the lockdown, they should impose a curfew. And make some arrangements for us; we are ready for that. “ 
  15. CLOSED MRKET
  16. VARIOUS OF LABOURERS SITTING OUTSIDE CLOSED SHOPS

STORY:  Like other parts of the country, traders in Karachi on Tuesday (April 14)  warned the government that they would open their shops and resume business activities if the government extended the lockdown beyond April 15.

The announcement was made by the Tajir Ittehad  (Traders Union) in the press club .

“We have hundreds of thousands of employees. We have paid them one month’s salaries with great difficulty, but paying them further salaries is becoming impossible. If the government decides to continue the lockdown , we will be compelled to layoff all  our employees. All shop owners will surrender the keys of their shops to the CM (Chief Minister) house. After that we will go and sit outside the CM House  along with our families, and demand that they arrange for our food and other needs, “  Chairman  Karachi Traders Alliance, Jameel  Paracha,  said.

Paracha said the business community, transporters and general public all had been hit hard by the ongoing lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak and demanded of the government to end it.


“We realize that coronavirus is spreading very fast but we have been compelled to take this step because of the deteriorating condition of the traders. We will open all businesses on Wednesday, April 15, with all necessary safety precautions. We are doing this because we are in dire straits; traders have been constrained to borrow money from here and there,” he added.


He urged the provincial government to reopen business centres and markets to save traders from bankruptcy and enable the customers to buy essential items for their families.

Meanwhile traders and businessmen in Peshawar have demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government ease the lockdown imposed in the province after April 14.  They have warned that if the government does not let them resume business activities, they will open the markets themselves in defiance of the government’s orders.

 

Traders in Lahore have also asked the government to  finalize SOPs for comprehensive precautionary measures to be adopted by traders to restart their business activities from April 14, 2020.  plunder.

Pakistan has been under lockdown from March 24 after the number of novel coronavirus cases increased in the country.

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