ISLAMABAD - Traders on Thursday appealed to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to honour its commitment to approve the rent act control in the federal capital in upcoming session of National Assembly, otherwise they would observe complete shutter down on February 28 in Islamabad.

“The prime minister in a meeting with local business community had promised to arrange the passage of amended bill of rent control act from parliament, but no visible progress has been made so far to this effect,” said Shehzad Abbasi, president Traders Welfare Association Super Market in meeting at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).

He appealed to the Prime Minister to honour his promise for promulgation of new rent law in Islamabad. Without the said law, he said, forced evictions of traders are on the rise in the federal capital due to which traders were feeling insecure about their future.

Sheikh Amir Waheed, President ICCI said that the issue of new rent control act would likely to be included in the Feb 12th agenda of National Assembly. He hoped that new rent would soon be promulgated in the federal capital.  The traders warned that they would observe complete shutter down on February 28, 2018 in Islamabad of federal government fails to approve the law from the National Assembly session, which would begin from 12th of the current month.

The traders last month had announced to observe complete shutter down on January 23 due to the absence of rent act control in the federal capital. However, they withdrew their decision after meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi, who assured to pass the act from the National Assembly.

The traders also showed concerns over the abduction Rehmat Khan a trader of Super Market, who is missing from his shop from last couple of days. They called upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad and the local administration to help in his early recovery. They stressed that ICCI and concerned market should always be taken on board before taking any action against any trader.