LAHORE - The markets and shopping centres on The Mall Road as well as in the surrounding localities remained shut on Wednesday due to the mass gathering of opposition parties. All shops, banks and business centres on The Mall were fully closed while the businesses at Hall Road and Biddeon Road were partially closed as all routes to these wholesale markets were closed.

Expressing resentment over the Lahore High Court full bench decision, the traders said why the court gives such rulings, which it is unable to get implemented. Talking to the media, All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran central general secretary Naeem Mir, who is also president of Mall Road Traders Association, said the court is committing contempt of its own decisions. “Today’s court decision has spread severe resentment among the traders of The Mall, refusing to provide them protection and forcing them to shift their business.

He said the Lahore High Court had imposed ban in 2011 on all kinds of protest and rallies on Mall Road on the petition of All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran. Later, on a petition against government’s failure to stop protest rallies on The Mall, the Court also issued notices to the Punjab government, asking it to ensure implementation of the order and allocate alternate locations for rallies. The Punjab government, on the order of LHC, declared Mall Road as A red zone from Mian Mir bridge to PMG crossing.

“We are waiting for the implementation of this detailed decision but fail to get justice; protest rallies were never stopped, constantly disturbing businesses on The Mall and nearby markets.”

Naeem Mir said that in view of Article 18 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, every citizen has the right for the smooth running of business and state is responsible of providing safety to the businessmen. He said that state institutions including the courts have failed to provide protection to the business and industry.

“Our judiciary system is old and obsolete,” he said and added the courts even today pass decision under the doctrine of necessity. Judges speeches are rhetorical and loud but their verdicts are dumb, losing trust of the citizen on judiciary.”

He said the traders played historic role for the restoration of judges but unfortunately the judiciary was restored but justice system is yet to be revived.

“I wish to tear apart the ruling of LHC and bury it in the court building but as a responsible citizen we will not lose patience and continue to give respect to the institution.”