Traders call for nationwide strike today—Karachi divided

The first big test of the PTI govt. and its budget could shape up today (13th Jul’19) as traders bodies from around the country have issued a nationwide strike call. A rift has emerged among traders in Karachi ahead of a countrywide strike call given by various organisations. A number of small groups representing various markets, have decided to keep their shutters open. Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has already announced that it is not joining any strike call against the govt. and said that they are in talks with the authorities to resolve the issues. KCCI has stated that it has neither asked for participating in strike call nor they are part of any strike call in the city. KCCI has a clear opinion that strike will not resolve issues and KCCI continues to sit with authorities to explain underlying issues and get them resolved.