The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran general secretary Naeem Mir, criticizing the PML-N affiliated trader bodies, has said that they are planning to pave the way for clash among peaceful business community.

Addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, he asked the CCPO and DIG Operations Lahore to call a meeting of all traders groups of the city and prepare a program after consensus with a view to avoid any clash on Dec 15 in city.  APAT central general secretary said that some traders, on the behest of the govt, tried to hatch a conspiracy to damage the peaceful atmosphere of the provincial capital, as they threatened to attack on PTI traders physically, besides abusing the PTI leadership, which will create clashes among the business community.   “The Lahore Police should arrest those traders who held Press Conference the previous day, detaining them by Dec 20 to ensure peace in city.

Moreover, the govt should also remove banners against PTI.”

He announced that those traders who agreed with the PTI agenda will attend its protest rally and if situation remains worst the traders can appeal for shutter down strike on Dec 15 in Lahore, he added.

He said that every trade body’s office-bearers have their affiliation with some political parties but these trade leaders should work for the cause of businessmen instead of working for political parties.

“It is undemocratic to stop traders of PTI by force from supporting PTI protest demonstrations. We condemn this dictatorial attitude of PML-N traders groups. Every trader, who has affiliation with PTI should be allowed to attend any protest held at his area, market or bazaar and other traders groups of opposite political parties should not interfere in this regard.”

Naeem Mir said that all trade organizations are non-political and they should prove themselves that they are really non-political. However, any individual trader can be the worker of any political party and can support the cause of his/her political party.

If any trader wants to close his shop on Dec 15 to show solidarity with the protest of PTI, he should not be forced to keep open his business, he demanded.