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Goods transporters call off strike

SINDH FILES REVIEW APPLICATION IN COURT 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Goods transporters’ strike has finally been called off after nine days following the successful negotiations between transport associations and the Sindh government. A spokesperson of the Goods Transporters’ Alliance said that they had faced immense loss due to the injustice. He warned about re-organising the strike if certain demands are not fulfilled. Sindh Transport Minister Nasir Hussain Shah as well as Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani announced the recent development in a press conference. Sindh government reached negotiations with heavy vehicle transporters on the ninth consecutive day of protest. Goods transporters were assured that their demands would be fulfilled. Nasir Shah had to make various promises to irked protesters in order to establish a compromise. Moreover, talking to media in Sehwan yesterday, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that a review application has been filed in the court pertaining to goods transporters’ strike in the city. “We are sympathetic to the problems of goods transporters.” Goods Transporters’ protest came after a ban was imposed by Sindh Government on April 26, 2017 in the compliance of Supreme Court decision. According to the notification, heavy transport was banned to enter in the city limits of Karachi except 11.00 pm till 6 am. Earlier, it was reported that Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair claimed to have strike an agreement with Pakistan Goods Transporters’ Alliance to call off the strike whereas the association denied it. Goods transporters’ strike lasted for nine days as thousands of containers had clogged terminals in Karachi. Export and import trade activities remained suspended and loss worth billions of rupees was suffered by investors, importers, suppliers, exporters, traders and the economy.

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