Lahore - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the district government to ensure implementation of ban on rallies, protests and sit-ins on the Mall Road, confronted to the business community on priority basis to ensure smooth running of businesses.

In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed said that violation of section 144 is badly hampering the trade and economic activities at Mall Road which is one of the largest business centers of the country.

The LCCI office-bearers said that Lahore has become a hub of trade and economic activities but a number of issues including traffic mess, lack of parking facility and violation of rules and regulations are hampering the growth of trade and industry. They urged the government to ensure implementation of ban on protests at the Mall Road in true sense of word.

They said that said that businesses of traders of the Mall Road have come to a grinding halt due to protests and rallies which are a clear violation of ban imposed on such activities. They said though the government had banned the protests on the Mall but non-implementation was a big problem. They said that traffic mess is also causing undue damage to the trade and economic activities in the city.