LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah said that road blockade with containers may save the democracy but could subvert the economy.
He said that delay in consignments has affected the business community, especially the small businessmen and industry.
“If government has given the permission to the marches of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri then why it captured the containers loaded with import/export goods for road blockade,” he added.
Referring to current political unrest, General Secretary of Goods Transport Association Lahore, Nabeel Mahmood Tariq claimed that each transporter is bearing more than Rs 20,000 loss daily due to container confiscation.
“The federal administration had used almost 2000 containers only in twin cities to restrain the protesters of Azadi and Inqilab marches,” he revealed, adding that a large number of containers were captured by government from dry ports without paying any rent to owners.
“The government should hand over the containers to the transporters immediately and compensate the damages of the transporters and traders,” he demanded.