‘Allow us to open shops in Karachi just for two hours, if not more’

By: News Desk      Published: 10:42 PM, 26 Apr, 2020
‘Allow us to open shops in Karachi just for two hours, if not more’
Most commercial markets in Karachi and other parts of the province remain closed after the Sindh government enforced a lockdown in the entire province to contain the spread of virus more than a month ago.–File photo

Sindh Tajir Ittehad Chairman Jameel Paracha said on Sunday that traders would accept even if the government allows them to open shops in the city just for two hours.

“Retailers cannot do business online,” he said, adding that they have conveyed their grievances to the provincial ministerial committee dealing with the matter.

He said that Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah had assured traders that they would be allowed to resume their retail business activity in the next couple of days. However, he said, they have now learnt that they would not be allowed to resume their business activity before April 30.

The traders’ representative said that it has been more than a month since they have been cooperating with the provincial government on the lockdown, but now the situation has turned the worst due to the shutdown. “Small traders cannot bear more losses,” he said, and demanded that federal and provincial governments give them interest-free loans.

He accused the authorities of showing discriminatory attitude towards traders in Karachi and said that businesses in other parts of the province, including Hyderabad, were running as usual.