The All Pakistan Traders Association has called for a two-day strike across the country on October 28 and 29 in protest against the government’s tax reforms.
The announcement after talks failed between representatives of trade bodies and officials of the Federal Board of Revenue in Islamabad earlier in the day.
Hundreds of traders staged a demonstration in the federal capital to protest tax reforms introduced by the government.
The APTA organised the march from Rawalpindi to Islamabad. A large number of businessmen and traders participated in the demonstration.
The protesting traders attempted to move towards the FBR office. The police stopped them at the Serena Chowk.
A few enraged protesters attempted to cause damage to the public property and vehicles parked nearby.
This prompted the law enforcers to baton-charge the protesters. They rounded up several protesting traders.
Meanwhile, FBR officials held talks with the protesters at a hotel. The traders demanded withdrawal of a government order that requires them to provide a copy of a purchaser’s CNIC for the sale of goods worth more than Rs50,000.
The order has yet to be implemented, but the trade fraternity has been protesting against it across the country.
FBR officials informed the traders that they could not do anything pertaining to the order as it was part of a finance bill presented by the government and approved by the parliament.
The protesting traders also alleged that they are harassed by officials of the FBR and other departments.
The negotiations between the two sides failed to yield any result and the protesting traders dispersed afterwards.