ICCI calls for exempting markets from smart lockdown in Islamabad


Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has advised the local administration to exempt all markets and business areas from the imposition of smart lockdown and take measures to ensure the implementation of SOPs in order to curb the 2nd wave Covid-19 pandemic in the federal capital as our economy was not in a position to afford the closure of business activities.
He said that the ICT Administration has sealed some subsectors in 1-8/3, 1-8/4, G-9/1, G-10/4 and G-6/2 Islamabad to control the spread of Covid-19, however, he stressed that all markets including small markets should be kept open with SOPs as closure of businesses would lead to more poverty and poverty will kill more people than the coronavirus. He said that the Prime Minister has already announced that business activities would not be closed due to Covid-19, which was very encouraging and stressed that the ICT Administration should honour the PM’s announcement. He said this while addressing the Traders Welfare Association, Sitara Market, G-7 Markaz, Islamabad after administering oath to the newly elected Office Bearers of the Association. Syed Altaf Hussain Shah took oath as President, Khateeb Abbasi Senior Vice President, Raja Imran and Adeel Tufail Chaudhry Vice Presidents, and others were also present at the occasion.