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Business community expresses deep concern over sit-ins

ISLAMABAD: The business community of the federal capital expressed deep concern on Thursday over the continuing closure of their shops due to the sit-ins organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). 
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) president Shoban Khalid said that sit-ins, marches were causing huge financial and trade loss to the capital Markets.
Talking to APP, he said that ‘Azadi March’ of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and ‘Inqalab March’ of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were adversely affecting the national economy.
Expressing concern over the current political situation, the ICCI president said that PTI and PAT were on one side and the whole country on the other. He said that since almost two weeks, Islamabad’s traders have been confined to their homes and they were suffering a huge loss due to the marches. 
Aabpara Market Welfare Association President Ajmal Baloch told APP that the business activities, especially in Aabpara Market have come to a complete halt, due to the marches and sit-ins. 
“For last two weeks our shops have been shut due to the protest,” Baloch said. He further said that the Aabpara market was most affected due to the marches and claimed traders had suffered losses to the tune of Rs0.5 billion. 
“Traders always get the hit when political parties take the city hostage,” Baloch said. 
President Anjuman e Tajran G/9 Markaz, Raj Muhammad The traders appealed to district administration to allot a separate space for protests in future and not to allow such activities in Aabpara and other business centres. 
“There was no reason for PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to hold marches and sit-ins as their demand for the resignation of an elected prime minister is not only unjustified but also unconstitutional,” he added. 
He said both PTI and PAT wanted to derail democracy and destabilise the country through their unconstitutional demands.
President Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industries(ICSTSI), Kamran Abbasi said that trade and commerce activities in the capital were affected due to marches and held PTI and PAT responsible for this loss.
He said the Supreme Court has given a clear order to PTI and PAT to vacate the Constitution Avenue.

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