LAHORE - All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran has said that decisions of the country’s major chambers, during a meeting held recently in Bhurban, have sent a wave of shock among small traders, who have decided to launch a special drive for the formation of chambers of small traders.

This was stated in a meeting, attended among others by All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran central chairman Khawaja Shafiq, central president Mian Mannan, central general secretary Naeem Mir, Punjab president Mehboob Sirki, Sindh president Abdul Qayyum Qureshi, Balochistan president Abdul Rahim Kakar, Karachi president Jamil Paracha and AJK President Abdul Razzaq Khan. The trade leaders observed that approval of trade organization bill 2012 has given the chance for the formation of chambers of small traders and now small traders will not allow the chambers of elite to deprive them of their rights.

All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran central chairman Khawaja Shafiq, reacting strongly to the allegation of tax evasion by small traders, said that present chambers do nothing for the cause of traders except blackmailing and boosting their own businesses through SROs.

Cntral general secretary Naeem Mir informed the meeting that APAT is going to organise traders’ national convention in Lahore on March 8, which will be attended by trade bodies representatives from all provinces, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan. The convention will be attended by Senator Islamuddin Sheikh, Senator Ishaq Dar, Senator Haji Ghulam Ali and Khurram Dastgir.