Business Remains Shut
ALL markets in the City observed a shutdown on Friday to condemn the suicide attack on Data Darbar and to mourn for those who embraced martyrdom in the incident.
More than 80 percent markets remained closed thorough the day while those which had opened in morning were also shut down after the Friday prayer. The traders of various markets also staged protests after the Friday prayer. In their demonstrations, they said the government had failed to protect people and now the terrorists had attacked the most respected place of the Coty which had been the pivot of spiritualism in the subcontinent. They said the rulers had forgotten that Hazrat Ali Hajveri (Data Sahib) spread Islam in the region and they were only focusing on their own security while ignoring the sacred religious and spiritual places.
It is important to mention that all the markets of the City had decided to keep their business close by observing a complete shutdown on their own. Almost every market traders union had decided in the night to not to do business on Friday despite the fact that the huge business activity was done every Friday as the traders come to Lahore for their weekly buying from other cities.
The markets which remained close were Azam Cloth Market, Pakistan Cloth Market, Kashmiri Bazaar, Bara Market, Rang Mahal, Circular Road, Neela Gunbad, Gunpat Road, Dabi Bazaar, Rehman Galian Market, Lytton Road, Multan Road, Yateemkhana, Scheme Morr, Lohari’s Medicine Market, Brandrath Road, Amin Park’s Main Market, Ravi Road, Madina Electric Market, Bottle Bazaar and Papar Mandi, Sarafa Bazaar, Moti Bazaar (wholesale shoe market), Shah Alam Market, Akbari Mandi, Lunda Bazaar Steel Market, Lunda Bazaar, Badami Bagh Spare Parts Market, Badami Bagh Steel Market, Bilal Gung, Anarkali Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Patiala Ground, Hall Road, Beadon Road, Montgomery Road, McLeod Road Motorcycle and Spare Parts Market, Tyre Market (railway station and Nila Gumbad), Jail Road, The Mall, Abid Market, Ferozepur Road, Civic Centre, Garden Town, Ichhra, Baghbanpura, Shalimar Link Road, Islampura’s Main Bazar, Dil Muhammad Road, Bansaanwala Bazar, Nisbat Road, Camera Market and Paints Market.
Apart from these markets, Liberty Market, Main Market Gulberg, Origa Complex, Raja Centre, Siddiq Trade Centre, Cavalry Ground, DHA, Steel Market, Misri Shah and other small markets in the northern part of the City were also closed.
Most of the markets in the posh localities started opening in the afternoon for the routine business. These markets included D Point Plaza, Faisal Town, Model Town Link Road, Main Boulevard in Gulberg and Allama Iqbal Town and M M Alam Road.