Markets Remain Closed To Mourn Blasts
LAHORE: Most major markets of the city remained closed on Thursday on a call by various traders’ unions in condemnation of the deadly attacks on Shia mourners on Wednesday, Daily Times learnt.
Qaumi Tajir Ittehad Lahore President Irfan Sheikh, Anjuman Tajran Pakistan General Secretary Abdur Razaq Babar, Anjuman Tajiran Lahore Chairman Khalid Pervaiz, Gulshan Azhar and others had given the strike call after the blasts on Wednesday night. These leaders have also demanded the government bring the culprits and the masterminds of these attacks to justice without any delay and provide security to the city markets and traders.
Major markets of the city, including Anarkali, Urdu Bazaar, Shah Alam Market, Azam Cloth Market, Rang Mahal, The Mall, Liberty Market, Model Town Link Market, Ichhra, Krishannagar, Moon Market, Karim Block Market and many others remained closed to express solidarity with the bereaved families and condemn the attack on the mourning procession.
Meanwhile, most of the city’s banks remained opened in the morning as per routine but soon rumours regarding expected attacks of Shia mobs on opened markets and banks spread, after which bank-managers were forced to close. Salman Ahmed, an employee of Alfalah Bank, said he reached his bank at the scheduled time of 8:30am, but at 10am the bank manager ordered immediate closure of the bank.
Meanwhile, some traders have planned to take out protest rallies today after the Friday prayers to express solidarity with the victim families and condemn the poor planning by the government, especially the police.