Whilst the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown, the traders’ community announced to open markets on May 11, after Prime Minister Imran Khan had issued his plan to lift lockdown from Saturday, May 9.
However, Sindh Chief Minister has called meeting with traders today regarding to open business in Karachi from Monday.
According to details, the meeting is called in Chief Minister House in Karachi today. All chiefs of traders’ community have been invited in the meeting. Sources said that business community are with strict opinion to open business in Karachi from Monday (17th of Ramadan) with all SOPs.
Yesterday, President All Pakistan Organization of Small Traders and Cottage Industries (APSTCI) Karachi Mahmood Hamid on Saturday said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah should make a clear announcement regarding opening of markets in Sindh.
In a statement, Mahmood Hamid said that the traders were disappointed and they had been forced to starve when the Eid-ul-Fitr was approaching after the Holy month of Ramadan.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah declared that the Sindh government will work alongside the Center to implement the new lockdown measures for the mitigation of the coronavirus outbreak. “We will implement the federal government’s lockdown decisions to the extent of 99pc if not 100pc,” he said.
The chief minister said that businesses will be allowed to operate five days a week and will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of those granted exemptions such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
Earlier it was reported that At least six people working at the Sindh chief minister house in Karachi have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials confirmed Saturday. The tests were conducted after CM Murad Ali Shah’s Special Assistant Rashid Rabbani tested positive for the virus.
Two drivers, one technician and a secretary have contracted the virus, officials added.