12 shopkeepers arrested as traders oppose lockdown directives across Punjab

Twelve shopkeepers in Faisalabad have been arrested on Tuesday, for defying Punjab government’s lockdown directives and instructions to close all markets across the province till  August 5

Traders, businessmen and shopkeepers all across Punjab have rejected Punjab government’s lockdown directives regarding the closure of markets till August 5.

Various traders’ unions have rejected Punjab government’s decision to impose a shutdown on all markets across Punjab till August 5.

Traders have contended that market shutdown on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha will have severe financial repercussions as they have already been facing dire economic circumstances due to coronavirus crisis and its resulting lockdown.

All Pakistan Traders Association (APTA) Secretary General Naeem Mir has urged the government to review and revoke its decision regarding market shutdown, stating that all shops and markets are conducting business and trade activities while adhering to coronavirus SOPs recommended by government.

On Monday various markets and trade centers in various cities across Punjab including  Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Jhang defied government instructions regarding market shutdown. Meanwhile Punjab Law Minsiter Raja Basharat also visited various markets in Lahore, namely Liberty Market, Barkat Market, Jail Road and Gulberg to review and access lockdown situation.