In a press conference against the lockdown in Karachi, the business community of the city has announced to open the markets from Friday anyway.
Rizwan Irfan, President, Karachi Electronics Market, said that it was not a lockdown but an economic crackdown. The lockdown destroyed the traders.
Rizwan Irfan said that markets were closed, people became unemployed and traders in Karachi could no longer tolerate lockdown.
On Wednesday, Atiq Mir, Chairman, Coal Karachi Traders Union, had said that the closed markets of Saddar, Urdu Bazaar, Burns Road and MA Jinnah Road would be reopened from July 3 in Smart Lockdown.
He said that after the opening of the main markets, some markets in Clifton and Defense will be closed while shops on Tariq Road will also be closed.
A complete lockdown had been imposed across the country since March 24 due to the corona virus outbreak, but during Ramadan, the government allowed some markets to reopen with the necessary precautions.
It should be noted that the Sindh government has extended the lockdown by 15 days. Wedding halls, educational institutions and restaurants will remain closed in the city. According to the notification issued by the Sindh Home Department, the general lockdown will last till July 15. Wedding halls, educational institutions, beauty parlors and restaurants will remain closed during this time. Sports activities in the province will also remain closed till July 15. In addition, daytime businesses will be closed till 7 pm.