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

“Prime Minister of Pakistan 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 a meeting at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  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 capital leading to a sense of insecurity among them about their future.

Sheikh Amir Waheed, President ICCI said that the issue of new rent control act would likely be included in the Feb 12th agenda of National Assembly. He hoped that the act would soon be promulgated in the federal capital.  The traders warned that they would observe go on a strike on February 28, 2018 in Islamabad if the federal government failed to approve the law in the National Assembly session which begins from 12th February.

The traders last month had announced to observe complete shutter down on January 23 but withdrew their decision after meeting Prime Minister Abbasi, who assured to pass the act from the National Assembly.

The traders also showed concerns over the abduction of Rehmat Khan, a trader of Super Market, who is missing from his shop since the last couple of days. They called upon the Inspector General of Police 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 action against any trader.