Lahore - The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tijiran has decided to go to Supreme Court against discrimination of the Federal Government for forced closure of markets by 8-00p.m. only in Punjab and Islamabad while there is no restriction by the Govt in other provinces in this regard.

All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tijiran, general secretary, Naeem Mir, stated that a meeting of APAT Central Executive Committee has been called which will discuss the whole issue in detail. “It is discrimination that the markets of Karachi in Sindh remain open till late night while the shopkeepers of Punjab cities are forced to close their outlets by 8-00p.m who are already facing additional energy costs.” He termed the plan discriminatory against retailers of Punjab, saying no such policy was implemented in the past in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Who will be responsible for the billions of rupees loss to national exchequer for shutting commercial feeders from 8-10pm and selling this costly electricity at lower rates to the industry or domestic consumers?

Another discrimination is that the decision was never implemented in cantonment areas and all customers rush to Fortress Stadium finding the markets in Anarkali, Liberty Market and The Mall closed. He said the government had not made clear whether the plan would also be enforced on medical stores and children play lands.

He said the government has taken unilateral decision for closure of shops and markets 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.

He said the energy crisis was the issue of whole country whereas line losses and power theft were minimum in Punjab as compared to other cities, but it was unfortunate that only the traders of Punjab were being forced to close shops early, which was highly discriminatory.

Naeem Mir announced to continue fight against this discrimination against traders of Punjab and approach the Supreme Court, filing intra-court appeal in this regard.