The traders of South Punjab have unanimously rejected the government decision for closure of shops and markets in Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan divisions by 8:00 pm and called upon the government to urgently withdraw its decision.
President of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) Mian Iqbal Hassan, Senior Vice President Alamgir Jamil Khan and Vice President Mirza Ali Ahmed said that Bureaucracy was repeating the past mistakes to put the trade community into trouble. They asked the government to resolve this issue through consensus otherwise, if the government tried to impose this decision forcefully, the whole trading community of the Southern Punjab would launch a protest against this move. They said that the government has taken unilateral decision for closure of shops and markets in 13 districts of southern Punjab without taking traders into the confidence while the local administration has come into action for it’s implementation which was not acceptable to the traders. They said the energy crisis was the issue of whole country whereas line losses and power theft were minimum in MEPCO region  as compared to other regions, but it was unfortunate that only the traders of these backward areas were being forced to close shops early, which was highly discriminatory.