Published On: Wed, Apr 7th, 2021
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JI demands relief for traders, daily wagers in backdrop of covid-19 lockdown

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Karachi: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeemur Rehman on Tuesday said that forced closure of educational institutes, limiting the timings of markets and businesses was not a good solution to the covid-19 pandemic.

The JI leader was reacting to a recent decision by the government for closure of educational institutes and reducing the time limits for markets and retailers.

Referring to the last year’s lockdown, Engr Naeem expressed severe reservations over the recent decision and its implications. He said that a large number of citizens, including lower-middle class, daily wagers and small-scale businessmen have not recovered as yet from the crises that hit them last year in the name of lockdown.

He declared the decision as economy and livelihood crushing step. He added that the decision pushed traders, daily wagers and lower income group to another crisis.

The government has taken the decision just ahead of the holy month of Ramzan when shopkeepers make special arrangements for people to facilitate them after Taraveh prayers, he added.

Engr Hafiz Naeemur Rehman demanded of the government to reduce the blanket lockdown on businesses to one day from two and increase business timing to 10pm.

The JI leader said a larger part of the populace has already been living under duress due to inflation, political uncertainty and other factors while the government always finds ways to add insult to their injuries.

He said that the government should keep in view that agitation is a natural reaction when people are forced to close their businesses without any prior support or planning.

Engr Naeem also highlighted the unrest among students, teachers and educational community members over forced closures of educational institutions.

He also raised questions over the measures taken by the government in the past for relief to the affectees of covid-19 lockdown.