KARACHI: If political leaders did not solve the political crisis, the traders and civil society would protest against anti-democratic behaviours. The crisis had ruined 80 percent economy, while Rs 81 billion of people were doomed as the stock market’s volume was reduced to Rs 100 billion.
This was decided in a resolution passed by a joint seminar of traders and civil society leaders organised by All Pakistan Organisation of Small Traders and Cottage Industries (APOSTCI). Deep concerns were showed in the seminar over the ongoing political crisis and the economy’s downfall.
The seminar was addressed by Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam leader Aslam Ghouri, Pakistan Workers Party President Yousuf Masti Khan, APOSTCI General Secretary Alim Soori, Usman Sharif, Iqbal Yousuf, Abdul Majid, Babar Bangash and Hakim Khan other than traders and civil society leaders.
Hafiz Naeem said that every Pakistani was worried over the crisis and different rumours were evolving. However, we delimitate to protect democracy and constitution at every cost. He demanded that the army should not enforce a martial law.
“We favour the righteous demands of the sitting-in people but both the opponents should exhibit responsible behaviour,” he said.
Aslam Ghouri said that the drama that was being played in the name of democracy on the streets of Islamabad was similar to a stage show. Yousuf Masti said that corruption had destroyed the society and that corruption hijacked the elections and it seemed that the media and democracy all were controlled by corruption. He said that it was not a time for muscularity but to think positively. Mehboob Azam said that traders who paid the most tax in the country were vulnerable. The traders of Karachi were victims of extortionists, kidnapping and killing and now the traders of Islamabad were taken hostage by the sit-in protests and this act was not at all democratic.
Mehmood Hamid said that the traders in the country were continuously bearing the cost of the crisis. Eighty percent of business was halted and 30 percent foreign investment was cut down.
“Export has been badly hit and the storm of unemployment and inflation was rising,” he said. Hamid said that all the three parties should adopt negotiations and show flexibility in their behaviour so that 200 million people of the country could be relieved.
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