Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) call countrywide shutter down strike and closed LCCI for two days for any activity but unfortunately the President of LCCI Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, open his own stores branches and doing business as usual.
The LCCI a day earlier (Monday) in a hurriedly call press conference announced closing the Chamber for two days and suspending all the business activities and announce the full support and participation in the shutter down strike call. However, the President himself did not owe his word and keeping all branches of his renowned store open with complete working hours. The staff named Eisa tell to BOL News that they were instructed by the management store will open and operational as routine, because they member of chain brands stores association and active tax pairs.
Phone calls were made to get version of President LCCI Irfan Iqbal Sheikh which was attended by his Personal Secretary Ahmed, he said that Chamber was closed for internal activities only.
He further said that after becoming President of LCCI, Irfan Iqbal Sheikh resigned from the his business position for a year while his brother Sheikh Anees was looking after the business and who decided not to observed shutter down strike.
Meanwhile, official staff members of the chamber also confirmed that Chamber was closed for two days in the favor of traders strike call.
When contact to President Anjuman-e-Tajirin Pakistan, Khalid Pervaiz,he said that it was unjustified that the President LCCI opened his business but closed all others. He adding that the issue would be taken up after strike and betrayal of the LCCI president with traders community whom he belongs to will taken to the task.
Central Secretary General Anjuman-e-Tajiran Naeem Mir demand resign of the President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Naeem Mir said adding that Irfan Iqbal sheikh President of LCCI did not deserve to hold this respectful and vital post of business community by proving himself a liar.
On talks with Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Naeem Mir said that it were failed again as the Board was not ready to accept the traders’ demand of withdrawal Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) condition on shopping of Rs 50,000 and above.
Meanwhile, complete shutter down strike was observed in wholesale markets of the city while partial strike was witnessed other areas and posh localities markets. All the wholesale markets of Lahore located in inside the walled city of Lahore were closed while liberty, Gulberg, Johar Town, Sadar, Allama Iqbal road were opened.
The complete closed markets were Azam Cloth Market, Pakistan Cloth Market, Kashmiri Bazaar, Bara Market, Rangmahal, Circular Road, Neela Gunbad, Gunpat Road, Dabi Bazar, Rehman Galian market, Lytton Road, Multan Road,, Lohari’s medicine market, Brandrath Road, Amin Park’s main market, Ravi Road, Madina Electric Market, Bottle Bazar and Papar Mandi, Sarafa Bazaar, Moti Bazaar (wholesale shoe market), Shah Alam Market, Akbari Mandi, Lunda Bazaar Steel Market, Lunda bazaar, Badami Bagh spare parts market, Badami Bagh Steel Market, Bilal Gang, Anarkali Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Patiala Ground, Hall Road, Beadon Road, Montgomery Road, Hall road, Mcleod Road motor cycle and spare parts market, Tyre Market (railway station and Nila Gumbad), Jail Road. The Mall road is open for business, Samanabad car showrooms and cant commercial areas is also open for trade activities.
Partially open markets were Gulberg Market, Yateem Khana, Liberty Market, Main Market, Panorama Centre, Ghai shau and Dharampura, Sadar, Moghalpura and Baghbanpura, Shalimar Link Road, Islampura’s Main Bazar, Dil Muhammad Road, and other small markets situated in the adjacent areas.