Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Goods transporters end strike

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KARACHI: Goods transporters on Wednesday (today) ended 10-day long strike on Sind governor’s intervention.

Speaking to the TV channel, Sindh Governor said he assured the transporters to address  reservations of goods transporters.

The governor also assured them of  providing security to their loaded goods vehicles.

It is worth mentioning here that the goods transporters had called a strike to protest government’s move, taken on court directives,  to bar heavy vehicles from moving inside the city.

Transporters refused to carry the goods and consignments from the ports to the market which caused  heavy losses to the economy.

According to a report published earlier in the day, the strike rendered a colossal loss of at least Rs100 billion to the industry due to the hiccups in transportation of trade consignments, a senior industry official said.

Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra, a member of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry said it is difficult to calculate an actual loss, “but it would be around $1 billion as the entire economy is affected due to the transporters’ protest.”  On March 31, the Sindh High Court banned the movements of heavy traffic within the city during the day.

Since transporters refused to carry goods from the ports to the markets after the ban, the containers stood full at Karachi International Container Terminal and Pakistan International Container Terminal.

Shoaib Khan, chief coordinator of goods transporters association said the strike of goods transporters will continue till the provincial government issues any notification to allow substitute routes. Khan, after a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, said two round of meetings were held but to no avail.

Zubair assured the transporters of resolving their issues. He said the economy is facing immense losses due to the protest. It would discourage potential investment in the country, he added. Another meeting was held at the Karachi Port Trust, which was attended by all the stakeholders, including transporters, but it remained fruitless.

Jawed Bilwani, chairman of the All Pakistan Exporters Association told, all the  production in the export-oriented sector remained suspended due to strike, which brought around Rs 214 billion loss to the economy. –Agencies


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