ISLAMABAD: Traders Welfare Sub-Committee of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry called a meeting of local traders to discuss the issue of promulgation of a new rent control law for Islamabad
Addressing the meeting, Sheikh Amir Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the local traders have announced to observe complete shutter down strike in Islamabad from 23rd January 2018.
He assured that ICCI would fully support all efforts aimed at protecting the genuine rights of the traders. He said that as due to the absence of rent control act, traders were facing many problems.
He said that long time ago, amended bill of rent control law was presented in the national assembly while the local administration has also returned it to the NA after its vetting, but it was unfortunate that the said bill was not passed into law as yet. They appealed to the government to pay urgent attention to this important issue of traders and get the bill passed from the parliament to save Islamabad from further troubles.
Khalid Chaudhry, Chairman, ICCI Traders Welfare Sub-Committee said that a consensus bill of a balanced rent control act was prepared in consultation with all stakeholders that was presented by MNAs Asam Umar and Mian Abdul Manan in the National Assembly long time ago. But the said bill was not passed into law as yet which showed that government was not interested in resolving issues of traders. He appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to take notice of this serious problem of traders and issue instructions to the relevant authorities for its early solution.
“If the amended bill of new rent control act for Islamabad was not passed by the parliament and he called upon the government to arrange the passage of said bill into law from the parliament before the deadline of the traders to resolve this longstanding issue once for all”, the representatives of traders said on the occasion.