The former president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Abdullah Zaki has urged the government to allow operation of industrial units in the country. The trade bodies and business community also needs to be taken into confidence
In a bid to reduce the hazards of COVID-19 outbreak in the country all businesses and industrial units have been closed down with mega cities like Karachi and Lahore imposing varying levels of lockdown. Only medical, food and pharmaceutical facilities are still in operation, in addition to some gas stations and banks that remain open.
Industrialists are of the opinion that industrial establishments should be allowed to run after observing necessary precautions so that business does not take such a hit. Although the orders/demands have also shriveled up, due to the markets being closed, but the industries related to exports can still work as the ports and customs department remains operational during lockdown.
Abdullah zaki also criticized the PM relief package and said that globally three months power and gas bills had been waived and markup rate reduced to zero the same should be replicated in Pakistan.