KCCI assures traders’ of issues resolution

Staff Reporter BOL News

22nd Oct, 2021. 05:19 pm

They said the traders and shopkeepers are an integral part of the KCCI and ensuring smooth trading activities is the government’s responsibility. Photo: File

KARACHI: After listening to the hardships being faced by the traders of Jodia Bazaar, Businessmen Group (BMG) chairman Zubair Motiwala and Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Muhammad Idrees assured that the Karachi Chamber will take up all their issues with the relevant quarters and will try its best to get them resolved amicably, a statement said on Friday.

They said the traders and shopkeepers are an integral part of the KCCI and ensuring smooth trading activities is the government’s responsibility.

The assurance was given at a meeting during the visit of a delegation from Jodia Bazaar, which was led by Haroon Agar to congratulate the newly-elected office-bearers of the Karachi Chamber.

KCCI senior vice president Abdul Rehman Naqi, vice president Qazi Zahid Hussain and the Managing Committee members also attended the meeting.

The traders’ delegation consisted of Waseem-ur-Rehman, Hanif Pochi, Najam Chughtai, Arif Lakhani, Asif Haji Karim, Javed Qadri, Aslam Nathani and others.

Highlighting numerous issues, Agar said that skim milk, which was not a luxury item, was subject to imposition of sales tax, which is a serious anomaly that raises the cost of this important household products; hence, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) should be approached with a request to look into the possibility of exempting this product from the sales tax.

Due to the massive number of Kunda connections across the Jodia Bazaar, the area frequently undergoes load-shedding, which creates a lot of problems even for the legitimate consumers of the K-Electric, who, despite paying all their outstanding dues, have to suffer badly due to someone else’s misconduct.

“[The] KCCI must take up this matter with [the] higher authorities at KE so that the utility service provider could be convinced to minimise load-shedding and remove all Kunda connections from the area where massive trading activities of up to billions of rupees take place every day.”

He also highlighted the grievances being faced by the traders of Jodia Bazaar due to the massive smuggling of various products, including milk, spices, plastic, etc, which were entering Pakistan in bulk quantities from Afghanistan via Chaman, making the legal trade of all these products uncompetitive in the local markets.