Traders call for two-day nationwide strike

ISLAMABAD: The union traders have announced strike on 28th and 29th October nationwide as the delay continued in talks between them and the tax-collection firm.
According to details, the officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) held two rounds of negotiations with traders in Islamabad that resulted in the stalemate.
It was revealed through sources that the FBR has rejected to kneel down before traders’ pressure and made it overtly clear that conditions of CNIC and sales tax would not be withdrawn.
Ajmal Baloch, the president of All Pakistan Trade Union, told that traders would not accept the condition of CNIC.
Ajmal Baloch was quoted as saying, “Govt can take whatever step it wants, but we [traders] will not give CNIC.”
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After the announcement of the countrywide strike, traders ended the protest rally. Earlier today, they were arrested by the Islamabad Police after traders and security officials faced off.
The protesters wanted to march towards the headquarters of the FBR. However, police arrested them and resorted to baton charge. Several traders and policemen sustained critical injuries in the clash.
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